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Amid trade war fears, US is finally standing up to China

It is the most serious warning shot yet from President Donald Trump - notice of up to US$60 billion (S$79 billion) of tariffs on Chinese imports if China does not reduce its trade surplus with the US and extend reciprocal treatment to US companies, allowing them market access without forcing them to take minority stakes in joint ventures and transfer their technology.

Also targeted is Chinese "theft" of American intellectual property (IP), and investment in strategic American companies which gets access to technology.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 24, 2018, with the headline 'Amid trade war fears, US is finally standing up to China'. Print Edition | Subscribe