SINGAPORE (July 16): Trade war” has been among the most frequently cited key words in the financial space over the past few weeks, as escalating tensions between Washington and Beijing grabbed attention around the globe. With two hard-core, nationalistic leaders — US President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping — sitting at the table of critical issues such as trade and geopolitics, we have reason to be pessimistic about the outlook of Sino-US relations. In fact, the US has pinned China as a “strategic competitor” and is determined to counterbalance its booming influence in many regions and areas — from trade to technology and intellectual property. 

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