A deal between Trump and Xi will not last

Growing military tensions make the US-China trade dispute harder to settle

Are you a Marxist, a realist or a believer in the accident theory of history? Each school of thought suggests a different way of analysing the crisis in US-Chinese relations.

A trade war is well under way between the world's two largest economies, and talk of a new cold war is now common in both Washington and Beijing.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 21, 2018, with the headline 'A deal between Trump and Xi will not last'. Print Edition | Subscribe