Talks, tariffs and Taiwan

The Hub with Wang Guan looks at Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi’s meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken in Bali through the eyes of experts. Susan A. Thornton, senior fellow and visiting lecturer at the Paul Tsai China Center, Yale Law School, and Da Wei, director at the Center for International Security and Strategy in Beijing, both feel it has created a constructive framework for a potential meeting between the presidents of the two states. But both discard the possibility of a substantial U.S. #tariff rollback on Chinese goods. More critical than tariffs is #Taiwan, the “biggest risk factor” in the bilateral relationship. China feels the U.S. is not abiding by the “one China” principle, while the Biden administration can make its officials toe the line, but it can’t “discipline” the “raucous” voices in “American democratic society”. In the current environment, it’s not an easy task to build trust.

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