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Bannon reflects a basic tension in Trump administration: whether to challenge China or work with it


Steve Bannon, the former presidential confidante, was as apocalyptic as ever about China on the eve of his trip to Hong Kong. The man who had all but declared “economic war” with China in earlier interviews said to a Times reporter, “A hundred years from now, this is what they’ll remember — what we did to confront China on its rise to world domination.” On arrival, in a speech to a big investor conference, he seemed to have softened a bit, praising China’s leadership and offering hopes that a trade war could be averted. Mr. Bannon reflects ...

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First Published: Sun, September 17 2017. 15:46 IST