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September 27, 2018

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China’s middle class increasingly supports standing firm against U.S. trade measures. In the initial stages of the U.S.-China trade dispute, China’s middle class tended to fault Chinese leaders, but now their views are changing, Cheng Li tells The Washington Post: “The middle class has been critical of the Chinese government, but now that anger is shifting to the United States. Chinese media has portrayed Trump as greedy and crazy.”

Endgame of U.S. tariffs remains an open question. The U.S.-China trade dispute has proven a confounding variable for countries weighing how to manage relations with both the United States and a rising China. In an article from The Washington Post, David Dollar says: “I don’t think the [Trump] administration knows clearly what it’s doing. Other countries are confused. We’ve launched a lot of trade measures against other countries and sent a signal of withdrawal from the world.”

As U.S. midterms approach, China is likely to become a bigger talking point. In a wide-ranging interview with CGTN, Cheng Li assesses recent developments in U.S.-China relations, the impact of upcoming elections in the United States, and the possible longer-term trajectory of U.S.-China relations.

About The China Center

The John L. Thornton China Center develops timely, independent analysis and policy recommendations to help U.S. and Chinese leaders address key long-term challenges, both in terms of U.S.-China relations and China's internal development.

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