It is impossible to browse the internet or read the newspaper these days without being informed of the dire threat of a US-China trade war. In the past few months, Donald Trump has taken aim at China’s trade policy and its theft of American intellectual property. He argues that China, among other countries, have large commercial imbalances—exporting far more than they import—and takes that as an indicator of unfair trade deals.

Most recently, the US imposed tariffs of $34 billion on Chinese goods, and more are anticipated. China is expected to retaliate by imposing its own duties on American-made agricultural and energy products.

But speakers at RISE in Hong Kong took more of an optimistic stance on the much-discussed tensions between the two countries, believing that when it comes to companies expanding internationally, the market itself can solve the problem.

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Chris Udemans

Christopher Udemans is a Shanghai-based data and graphics reporter. He covers Chinese artificial intelligence, mobility, and cybersecurity. You can contact him at chrisudemans [at] technode [dot] com.