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Global whiplash as Trump see-saws on trade

BIARRITZ • Remember when President Xi Jinping of China was the "enemy"? That was so last Friday. As of Monday, according to President Donald Trump, Mr Xi was a "great leader" and a "brilliant man".

What about that edict by Mr Trump, who "hereby ordered" American companies to leave China? Three days later, he was positive he would get a trade deal and, if so, then firms should "stay there and do a great job".

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 28, 2019, with the headline 'Global whiplash as Trump see-saws on trade'. Print Edition | Subscribe