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One of Donald Trump’s most persistent economic promises as president has been to rewrite the U.S. relationship with China. Yet as he approaches a potential deal, some of the very hawks who have cheered on his trade war already fear he may end up falling short.

With less than a month before a March 1 deadline for either a deal or an increase in U.S. tariffs, hard-liners inside and outside the administration fret Trump is being outplayed by President Xi Jinping and seduced by what they see as empty promises.

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