Donald Trumps phase one agreement with China, expected to be signed this week, is intended partly to slow Chinas move into new technologies like electric cars by protecting the intellectual property of American corporations.
Which lends a certain irony to Teslas Model 3 electric sedans now coming off assembly lines at the firms new multibillion-dollar plant in Shanghai.
The Model 3 marks a huge milestone for Elon Musks company as it rapidly expands in the worlds largest electric-vehicle market. But its not a milestone for America.
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