Trump and the tariffs

The fresh US levies have sparked retaliation from China and raised questions of how much Donald Trump’s aggression on trade could hurt the American economy and people. Here’s the best of this week’s opinion and analysis.

Donald Trump and Xi Jinping are betting their countries can withstand a prolonged stand-off 

The current standoff is part of a struggle for global pre-eminence

Investors need to accept that US actions do not follow simple rules

Meanwhile China wants to preserve the model of globalisation that has served it well

There is still time for Trump and Xi to pull back from the brink

If markets recover their poise, it could embolden Donald Trump’s protectionist instincts

Avocado and tomato prices heading up on supply worries