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Trade Hawks Quietly Bristle as Trump’s China Deadline Approaches

  • Fears that president may fall for empty promises by Chinese
  • Oval Office soybean offer embodies concerns for hardliners
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Hunter, Serebriakov on the Impact From the U.S.-China Trade Dispute
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One of Donald Trump’s most persistent economic promises has been to rewrite the U.S. relationship with China. Yet as he approaches a potential deal, some of the very hawks who have cheered on the president’s trade war already fear he may end up falling short.

With less than a month before a March 1 deadline for either a deal or an increase in U.S. tariffs, hardliners inside and outside the administration fret Trump is being outplayed by Chinese President Xi Jinping and seduced by what they see as empty promises.