From Manila To Mumbai, Why Asia Is Striking Fear And Awe In Donald Trump

Ralph Jennings

Trump rode China hard during the 595-day presidential campaign, calling it a “cheater” at trade, a “currency manipulator” and threatening military movement to stop Beijing’s expansion in nearby oceans despite protests from neighboring governments. But his tone has softened he won the Nov. 8 election. American companies need China. Their exports to the world’s biggest market by population size totaled $113 billion in 2015, making China the third biggest destination after Canada and Mexico, the U.S.-China Business Council advocacy group says.