US-China trade war: Who will blink first?

Donald Trump and Xi Jinping are betting their countries can withstand a prolonged stand-off

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WASHINGTON/BEIJING • Last Thursday morning, as Walmart delivered a stark warning that United States President Donald Trump's widening trade war with China would lead to higher prices for American consumers, Mr John Flynn stood in front of one of the US retailer's stores in Virginia defiantly defending Mr Trump.

"I think he's doing the right thing, America is becoming very dependent on stuff from China," said the 55-year-old real estate agent who grew up in the steel country of western Pennsylvania. "If prices go up, prices go up. It's going to hurt them in the long run too. So it's just a matter of who blinks first," he said, as he stepped into his Honda Accord.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 21, 2019, with the headline US-China trade war: Who will blink first?. Subscribe