What is it about?

Would China give in to the requests of the US under the threat of the escalation of the trade war? In what way? My conjecture is that China is willing to compromise up to a point. It is possible that a temporary ceasefire is agreed, but the trade war can last for a long time. The final assembly stage of many industries might leave China, but not necessarily the whole production process. Hong Kong can be a victim of the trade war if it escalates.

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Why is it important?

How would the US-China trade war unfold and what is the end game? What are the costs of the trade war to the US? What are the costs of the trade war to China? These are the questions that we want to answer.


Writing this article allowed me to think more deeply and systematically about the issue of US-China trade war. It benefits me a lot intellectually.

Professor Edwin L.-C. Lai
Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

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This page is a summary of: The US–China trade war, the American public opinions and its effects on China, Economic and Political Studies, April 2019, Taylor & Francis, DOI: 10.1080/20954816.2019.1595330.
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