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Don Lee

Don Lee covers the U.S. and global economy out of Washington, D.C. Since joining the Los Angeles Times in 1992, he has served as the Shanghai bureau chief and in various editing and reporting roles in California. He is a native of Seoul, Korea, and graduated from the University of Chicago.
China promises swift action on trade, but mystery still surrounds the agreement between Trump and Xi

The few words offered by China’s Ministry of Commerce on Wednesday about a deal between President Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping to temporarily suspend tariff hikes expressed confidence but provided little clarity on just what the two leaders agreed at a weekend meeting.

Trump-Xi deal buys time but doesn’t solve deep U.S.-China differences over trade

Despite inflated White House claims of success, President Trump's handshake deal with Chinese leader Xi Jinping in Argentina is less a breakthrough than a truce that buys time for more negotiations but doesn't begin to resolve deep-seated U.S.-China differences on trade.

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