US-China trade war

New US-China trade agreement won't reset strained ties

Partial agreement not seen to go the distance as experts worry over implementation and discrepancies in narratives

The long-awaited trade pact may have been touted by both sides as proof that even the biggest rivals can strike a deal, but this partial agreement will not go the distance in resetting already strained ties.

Tech decoupling will continue as the United States thwarts China's technological rise and the Chinese race to find self-reliance.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on January 19, 2020, with the headline 'New trade agreement won't reset strained ties'. Print Edition | Subscribe