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A twinge of anxiety amid broad consensus that Trump is on right path

US-China trade talks wound up cordially on Friday morning with no talk of collapse. Small setbacks are inevitable in bilateral negotiations, China's Vice-Premier Liu He said, adding: "Looking ahead, we are cautiously optimistic about the future."

Meanwhile, in the United States, there remains broad, bipartisan consensus that President Donald Trump is doing the right thing by pushing back against a rising and aggressive China which has been accommodated for too long by Washington. But that consensus is laced with anxiety.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on May 12, 2019, with the headline 'A twinge of anxiety amid broad consensus that Trump is on right path'. Subscribe