While Biden has said he would make China “play by the international rules,” his comments and likely multilateral approach are very different  from US president Donald Trump’s rhetoric and ongoing trade war against China. In September 2019, Trump slapped a 15% tariff on $112 billion of Chinese imports to the US, following an increase in tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese goods, from a rate of 10% to 25%, in May of that year.

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