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China’s charm offensive

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Last Thursday, courtesy of GPS tracker, we watched a tanker full of Chinese goods race towards the US West Coast, hopefully in time to dodge the midnight imposition of new import tariffs; it did. The gloves are off, though, and this Monday Chinese Premier Li Keqiang signed trade deals worth €20bn with German chancellor Angela Merkel. Mr Li said, "free trade plays a strong leading role for both sides and for the world economy", and that it demonstrated how nations could work together.

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