Trade deal will not ease fears about US-China ties, experts say

Steel pipes for export in Jiangsu, China. Experts say the region will benefit if the upcoming trade talks lead to Beijing opening up its economy. On the flip side, the United States may harm its other trade partners if it focuses too heavily on narro
Steel pipes for export in Jiangsu, China. Experts say the region will benefit if the upcoming trade talks lead to Beijing opening up its economy. On the flip side, the United States may harm its other trade partners if it focuses too heavily on narrowing its deficit with China. PHOTO: REUTERS

Talks to resume next week; Asia and business nervous over impact

Negotiations between the United States and China to end their trade war may be entering the final stage, but Asia and the business community remain nervous about the terms of a trade deal and its aftermath, said experts at a panel on Tuesday.

"There's a lot of nervousness around the region about what the deal will be," said Brookings Institution senior fellow David Dollar, an expert on the Chinese economy and US-China economic relations.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 25, 2019, with the headline 'Trade deal will not ease fears about US-China ties, experts say'. Print Edition | Subscribe