Dominance of state-owned firms in China must be ‘seriously confronted’, former US trade negotiator says

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A former US trade negotiator on Thursday said the dominance of state-owned enterprises in China must be “seriously confronted” to create a level playing field for US firms, as she clashed with an ex-interpreter for late Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping over the country’s openness to global trade.Barbara Weisel said a partial trade deal expected to be signed between Washington and Beijing in the coming weeks would not address the fundamental issue in their continuing tariff dispute – that China…

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