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David Fickling

China's Born-Again Free Traders

Washington is giving the makeover an unintended boost.
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Photographer: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg

Presume not that China is the thing it was.

That's certainly the message Premier Li Keqiang intends to convey with his promise Tuesday to cut levies on imports. Almost simultaneously, Bloomberg News reported that the Trump administration will impose tariffs on as much as $60 billion of Chinese products as soon as this week. Have the world's great protectionist and its leading free trader switched sides?