Broad clash between US and China taking shape, say experts

Trade war further worsens a relationship that is increasingly strained over other flashpoints

Ships at Yangshan Deepwater Port in Shanghai last Friday, when higher US tariffs on over US$200 billion (S$273 billion) in goods from China kicked in. While Beijing sees a plot to hold back China's development and block its rise, many in Washington f
Ships at Yangshan Deepwater Port in Shanghai last Friday, when higher US tariffs on over US$200 billion (S$273 billion) in goods from China kicked in. While Beijing sees a plot to hold back China's development and block its rise, many in Washington fear a powerful rival whose ascent could unleash risks hard to contain.PHOTO: BLOOMBERG

WASHINGTON • As the US-China trade fight deepens, the two superpowers - one incumbent and one rising - are sizing each other up and deciding whether they can coexist.

China and the US ended talks in Washington on Friday with no deal after President Donald Trump raised tariffs on more than US$200 billion (S$273 billion) in goods from the country and China vowed to retaliate. The moves create new barriers between the world's largest economies and further complicate a relationship which is increasingly strained over flashpoints that include trade, technology, Taiwan and the South China Sea.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 13, 2019, with the headline 'Broad clash between US and China taking shape, say experts'. Subscribe