Tariff war: 2 potential endgames amid current acrimony

Bags of chemicals being unloaded at a port in Zhangjiagang, in China's Jiangsu province.
Bags of chemicals being unloaded at a port in Zhangjiagang, in China's Jiangsu province.President Donald Trump is unhappy over the large, persistent trade deficits with China. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

BEIJING • The United States and China have sparred repeatedly over trade, in a tit-for-tat skirmish that has shown little sign of abating. High-level talks have stalled, while both sides have been threatening further tariffs in recent days.

But amid the current acrimony, trade officials from both sides have been working on ways to try to dial down the conflict.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 10, 2018, with the headline '2 potential endgames amid current acrimony'. Subscribe