What happens if US-China trade talks fall apart

Trade talks between the United States and China appear to be in serious trouble after China reportedly walked back on some of its commitments and President Donald Trump launched a tirade against Chinese negotiators on social media.

This marks a sharp turn from May 3, when Mr Trump said talks were "going along pretty well". As with most negotiations, the most intractable issues have been left for the final stages.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 13, 2019, with the headline 'What happens if US-China trade talks fall apart'. Print Edition | Subscribe