AFP: Cautious hopes before new round of US-China trade talks

It will be tougher for Xi to push reforms follwing US criticism of Beijing’s human rights record and an open letter signed by retired US military officials urging Trump to maintain to hard line against Communist China, said Larry Ong, senior analyst with political risk consultancy SinoInsider.

“Xi’s rivals and other (Communist) Party hrdliners will seize on the aforementioned developments as proff tha the US wants to defeat the CCP in a Cold War-style conflict, not reach a ‘win-win’ trade agreement and revert the Sino-US relationship to the engagement er,” Ong said