What US-China trade war is really about: A Chinese perspective

US statements and actions show that its concern about China goes beyond trade and that it is out to contain the rise of China. The Chinese people want a win-win trade deal but will not trade away its core interests.

The term "trade war" is a misnomer, consisting of two words which should be naturally irrelevant to each other, as countries that trade with each other should not be at war. Yet that term is now catching the eyes of all around the world as China-US economic and trade friction intensifies.

Given the increasing concerns from the international community about the impact of the trade war, I hope the following points - from China's perspective - will help readers understand more about the real story.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 07, 2019, with the headline 'What US-China trade war is really about: A Chinese perspective'. Print Edition | Subscribe