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Caught in Trump’s Trade Crossfire, Israel Chases China Deal

  • Israel hopes to secure free-trade agreement with China in 2020
  • U.S. pressures Israel to be cautious on China in its economy
The Port Of Haifa
Photographer: Ariel Jerozolimski/Bloomberg
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One of Donald Trump’s top allies and his chief economic adversary are drifting closer, at least when it comes to trade.

In what could be a test of how much leeway the U.S. president gives to close partners, Israel hopes to conclude a free-trade agreement with China as early as next year, according to a senior Israeli official, who requested anonymity because the discussions aren’t public.