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David Fickling and Christopher Balding

Debate: Is Trump Right to Confront China?

It doesn’t always play by the rules. But would a trade war help?
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Amid a simmering trade dispute, top officials from President Donald Trump's administration are visiting Beijing this week, hoping to induce China to make key concessions on matters such as market access and the U.S. trade deficit. Bloomberg Opinion columnists Christopher Balding and David Fickling recently debated the topic.

David Fickling: Let's assume for a moment that the current tensions between the U.S. and China degenerate into something resembling a trade war.