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Seven Days: 1 February 2019

Seven Days: 1 February 2019

Make or break

Representatives from the US and China began two days of talks this week, aimed at reaching a trade agreement before 1 March, after which President Trump has said he will more than double tariffs being applied to around half of all Chinese exports to the US. Ahead of the talks the National People’s Congress plans to rush through a law banning "forced" technology transfers and other illegal interference by Chinese officials in foreign-invested businesses, according to official news agency Xinhua. However, the US decision to unveil criminal charges against Chinese telecoms specialist Huawei – accusing the group of stealing American technology and breaking sanctions against Iran – may hinder talks.

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