For the Chinese, Trade War Success is a Matter of Pride

The trade war between the United States and China is heating up. Back in May, the Trump administration raised tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese imports, claiming that backtracking on the Chinese side had led to a standstill in trade negotiations. The Chinese Ministry of Finance responded the following week by raising tariffs on $60 billion of US imports. The US responded in June by threatening to hit an additional $300 billion of Chinese goods with tariffs before President Donald Trump said he would first seek to negotiate directly, but US and foreign companies alike are now getting antsy as talks appear to have stalled.

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The trade war between the United States and China is heating up. Back in May, the Trump administration raised tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese imports, claiming that backtracking on the Chinese side had led to a standstill in trade negotiations. The Chinese Ministry of Finance responded the following week by raising tariffs on $60 billion of US imports. The US responded in June by threatening to hit an additional $300 billion of Chinese goods with tariffs before President Donald Trump said he would first seek to negotiate directly, but US and foreign companies alike are now getting antsy as talks appear to have stalled.

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Naima Green-Riley

Naima Green-Riley is the YPFP Asia-Pacific Fellow and is a PhD candidate at Harvard University's Department of Government, where she studies U.S. and Chinese foreign policy with a focus on public diplomacy. Before beginning her PhD program, Naima served as a US diplomat at the Department of State for five years, working in Egypt during the Arab Spring and China during the Obama administration's "Pivot to Asia." Naima has previously served as an advisor for the Envision International Scholars Laureate Program in China and as an intern and advance associate at the White House. She graduated from Harvard Kennedy School with a Master's in Public Policy and from Stanford University with a BA in International Relations. She is proficient in Mandarin Chinese. Twitter handle: @naimagreenriley

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