How China’s economic reformers are using US trade war to push demands for opening up



Jane Cai | South China Morning Post

Chinese intellectuals, including several figures close to the country’s chief trade negotiator Liu He, are using the trade war with the United States to press Beijing to reform and further open up the economy.

About a dozen intellectuals in government-backed think tanks have been calling for key reforms through lobbying Liu, the country’s vice-premier, and other policymakers “in oral or written forms”.

Many of these correspond to America’s demands – such as ending subsidies and preferential treatment, reducing the emphasis on state-owned enterprises, treating companies equally and making China a real market economy, according to sources involved in the endeavours.

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