7. One fun thing...

People compare the trade negotiation with the signing of Boxer Protocol in 1901. Internet meme via Weibo

Sometimes the internet's meme-makers can capture a moment in history better than any headline writer or editorialist.

Here's an example of a meme that did the rounds on Weibo (China's version of Twitter and so many other things) yesterday after US and Chinese negotiators met.

Krystal Hu from Yahoo Finance alerted the rest of the world via Twitter with this:

"trending on Weibo...people compare the trade negotiation with the signing of Boxer Protocol in 1901."

The Boxer rebellion is a potent historical moment for China, symbolising a humiliation of China's sclerotic leaders at the hands of the up-and-coming western powers.

Now, a young and vibrant China is surging past an ageing American empire. America's chief negotiator in these talks, Wilbur Ross, is 80. Here's a New York Times piece on the photo and an analysis from Keith Bradsher on how China has effectively called Trump's bluff in the trade talks.