Chinese officials hope they can circumvent hard-liners, such as U.S. Trade Representative Robert E. Lighthizer and Peter Navarro, a White House trade adviser, by making a personal appeal to Trump in Buenos Aires. “They basically see in this political environment that you can’t do much because President Trump is surrounded by anti-China people,” said Cheng Li, a China scholar at the Brookings Institution. “It’s difficult to know what Trump will do.”The deepening divide between the two nations is likely to limit expectations of a breakthrough. Many American business groups support the president’s complaints about China, but oppose the use of tariffs to force an adjustment. Chinese officials have cast the American leader as a bully out to contain China and have refused to bend.
Source: Washington Post October 11, 2018 18:41 UTC