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Opinion: Trump’s America First Won’t Hurt China Much

China’s surprising 6.9% growth in 2017 has made it clear to me that U.S. President Donald Trump’s America First policy won’t hurt China as much as some fear.

An analysis of the data shows that the Chinese economy has uncoupled from the global one, so it is no longer powered by external forces such as exports and incoming foreign direct investment (FDI). Instead, domestic consumption has become the main driving force, pushed along by new technology, a growing services industry and urbanization. It also helps that China has a built-in “3S” advantage of scale, scope and the newest ‘s’ — speed.

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