China’s challenge

The US and China this week agreed a temporary truce in trade tensions — but who has come off best? The tussle between Washington and Beijing goes beyond trade, and Japan is also struggling with China’s rise. Here’s the best of our opinion and analysis

Even trying to do so risks strengthening the most anti-American elements in Beijing

Making China feel like a country under siege risks causing cold, or even hot, war

Shinzo Abe will reduce tensions if he can but the Asian superpower is a potent threat

Beijing has agreed to many concessions but Trump has merely given up very little

The chance that Beijing will rapidly adopt wholesale changes is small

The fight over trade is but a skirmish in the struggle between a global hegemon and its challenger

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