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China-US trade wars | Nigeria's security problem

Posted by: The Conversation Global

Date: Wednesday, 15 May 2019


Editor's note

President Trump launched a trade war against China on the premise that only a tough guy stance could fix problems that have long irked American businesses – namely, subsidies for key industries and the theft of US intellectual property. A few weeks ago a deal appeared close but the optimism has vanished as both countries return to a cycle of recrimination and retaliation. Greg Wright gives three reasons why Trump is struggling to win his trade war and why it’s unlikely to end soon.

The Nigerian military has been used to restore order in Jos, a city in Nigeria’s Plateau State, since deadly clashes between Christians and Muslims erupted in 2001. The military was deployed because the police have failed in their duty to protect citizens against the armed militias. But, argues Sallek Yaks Musa, using the army to quell the violence has actually caused more problems than it has solved.

Bryan Keogh

Economics + Business Editor

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The trade war has high costs for both the U.S and China. Reuters/Petar Kujundzic

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Soldiers patrol the Nigerian city of Jos, in the central Plateu State, in a bid to quell religious violence. EPA/George Esiri

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In Nigeria, the government often uses the army to restore order and to keep the peace, largely because the police are unable to contain internal violent conflicts.

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