Podcast: A Trade War Between US and China?

Donald Trump and Chinese leader Xi Jinping (File)

As China confirmed tariffs on $3 billion of US products, responding to the Trump Administration’s imposition of duties on $60 billion of Chinese goods, I spoke with BBC Radio Foyle and London’s Monocle 24 about the possibility of a trade war and the effect on the global economy.

Bottom line: Beijing’s response is a cautious response at that point, putting the ball back in Washington’s court. Will the Administration’s protectionists expand their tariffs? Will they settle for the one-off duties? Is there even a coherent approach, given Donald Trump’s impulsiveness?

Listen to BBC Radio Foyle

Listen to Monocle 24 from 1:26

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Scott Lucas is Professor of International Politics at the University of Birmingham and editor-in-chief of EA WorldView. He is a specialist in US and British foreign policy and international relations, especially the Middle East and Iran. Formerly he worked as a journalist in the US, writing for newspapers including the Guardian and The Independent and was an essayist for The New Statesman before he founded EA WorldView in November 2008.

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