SINGAPORE (Feb 5): Winning the Chinese game of Wei-chi, sometimes known as Go, depends on the control of empty space — a truly Taoist challenge. The principles can be applied to the State of the Union address by US President Donald Trump, where what was not said was as important as what was said.

It said exactly what the US’ major trading partners had been dreading, although surprisingly and left largely unsaid: China was not front and centre as a trading target.

Trump proclaimed that “the era of economic surrender is over”. He said the US had “finally turned the pages on decades of unfair trade deals that sacrificed our prosperity and shipped away our companies, our jobs and our nation’s wealth”.

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