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The Wall Street Journal: China braces for a shakeup of its relations with the U.S. under Trump

BEIJING—When U.S. President-elect Donald Trump picked China critic Robert Lighthizer early this month as his chief trade negotiator, the Chinese Commerce Ministry called a senior economist at a government think tank and assigned him a task: To lead a study on the impact of a trade war.

A few days later, China’s embassy in Washington contacted the State Department to ask if Mr. Trump’s nominee for Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, was expressing “policy or personal views” when he suggested blocking China’s access to artificial islands it has built in the South China Sea.

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