How China Could Use ‘America First’ to Its Advantage

Source: Time

By JUSTIN WORLAND

March 28, 2018

Just days before President Donald Trump’s inauguration, Chinese President Xi Jinping told the global elite gathered in Davos, Switzerland, that China would now take center stage promoting issues like climate change and globalization.

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Now, 14 months later, China faces a major test of whether it will make good on that promise.

As Trump has pulled out of deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Paris Agreement on climate change, China has had the chance to flex its diplomatic muscle, while his imposition of new tariffs clearly aimed at China have given it an opportunity to rise above and seek to defuse tensions in order to avoid a damaging trade war.

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