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Editorial: The Best Strategy to Fend off Trump Protectionism

Donald Trump speaks at the third presidential debate in Las Vegas on Oct. 19. China is closely watching to see whether Trump, since elected U.S. president, will follow through with his campaign pledges to establish a more-protectionist China policy. Photo: IC
Donald Trump speaks at the third presidential debate in Las Vegas on Oct. 19. China is closely watching to see whether Trump, since elected U.S. president, will follow through with his campaign pledges to establish a more-protectionist China policy. Photo: IC

In the two and a half weeks since his inauguration, U.S. President Donald Trump has rattled the world with a series of controversial policies. By signing executive orders to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), begin construction of the U.S.-Mexico border wall and temporarily halt all refugee admissions as well as bar visitors from seven predominantly Muslim countries, Trump has moved quickly to turn many of his campaign promises into practice, disappointing expectations that he would soften his positions on many controversial issues after taking office.

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