Trump's secret allies in China

Chinese private entrepreneurs play a big part in driving the economy, but face similar obstacles as foreign firms

In his tariff war with China, United States President Donald Trump has some hidden allies.

Just about every complaint US trade negotiators raised in Beijing last week - not to mention their doubts about the sincerity of China's concessions - are shared by Chinese entrepreneurs, who feel as underappreciated and unwelcome as their foreign counterparts.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 15, 2019, with the headline 'Trump's secret allies in China'. Print Edition | Subscribe