Since the phase one trade deal between China and the United States was inked on 15 January, much of the commentary has focussed on the overly ambitious targets for Chinese purchases of US goods. Critics charge that the deal amounts to ‘managed trade’ or ‘central planning’ that substitutes government diktats for market forces.
The real danger of the new agreement, however, is that it replaces a trading system based largely on agreed rules with one based purely on negotiating muscle. The United States long championed a rules-based system, but is now discarding it in favour of a power-based system where the strong do what they can and the weak suffer what they must.
— Read on www.eastasiaforum.org/2020/02/09/smaller-countries-lose-in-the-us-china-trade-deal/