With Provocative Moves, U.S. Risks Unraveling Gains With China — “The United States has stabbed us in the back.”

Peace and Freedom

The New York Times
June 30, 2017

BEIJING — President Xi Jinping of China likes to call his core foreign policy strategy “win-win.” And President Trump likes to win.

So at a steakhouse in a sleek, new hotel in Beijing on Friday, there was a celebration of the most tangible result of the unexpected cooperation that emerged in the first months of Mr. Trump’s presidency: the lifting of a ban on American beef imports.

The event, which included a ceremonial carving of a slab of bone-in rib-eye flown in for the occasion, might have symbolized the promise of a constructive era — except the Trump administration seemed to forget that the “win-win” part requires reciprocation, not retaliation.

The twin announcements on Thursday that the administration was selling $1.4 billion of weapons to Taiwan and imposing sanctions on a Chinese company and a…

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