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ANALYSIS; China trade deal postpones pain; Trump gains bragging rights without solving the thorniest issues

Jan 16, 2020 - Los Angeles Times

After nearly two years of a bruising trade war, President Trump signed an initial trade deal with China on Wednesday that provides the president with political bragging rights but allows both sides to put off the most difficult disputes until after the November election.

Despite the ceremonial pomp of a White House signing event and Trump's extravagant remarks on his achievement, the so-called Phase 1 agreement only begins to address the potentially dangerous gulf between the United States...