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Huawei lifeline shows Donald Trump prefers business deals over cold war

Trump's move last month to cut off supplies to Huawei, one of China's most celebrated companies, marked a major escalation in his confrontation with Beijing

US President Donald Trump (left) with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the G20 summit in Osaka, Japan, on Saturday 	Photo: Reuters
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US President Donald Trump (left) with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the G20 summit in Osaka, Japan, on Saturday Photo: Reuters

Shawn Donnan | Bloomberg
In recent weeks, President Donald Trump has drawn the ire of security hawks in Congress for suggesting he could trade away his blacklisting of Huawei Technologies Co. to secure a trade deal with China.

On Saturday he took a big step toward doing just that, signaling that he cares more about selling U.S. products to China than embarking on a clash of civilizations advocated by some top advisers. In the long run, those business instincts may say more about where U.S.-China ties are headed than his deal with President Xi Jinping to suspend any new tariffs and resume trade talks.

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First Published: Jun 30 2019 | 11:59 AM IST

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