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Trump's Bet on China's Mythical Reformers Risks Another Letdown

  • U.S. trade negotiators appeal to pro-market voices in Beijing
  • Others see old negotiating tactic to deflect foreign demands
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Why China's Xi Needs a `Quick Win' in Trump Trade Talks
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Faced with the question of whether China will really change the way it does business, U.S. officials have sounded a refrain familiar to people who have negotiated with Beijing: We’ve got allies on the inside.

“You have to start with the proposition that there are people in China who believe that reform is a good idea,” U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer told NPR on March 25, in one of several similar recent remarks. “And you have to believe that those people are at a very senior level.”