Shanghai/Beijing — Chinese state media on Monday lashed out at US President Donald Trump’s trade policies in an unusually personal attack, and sought to reassure investors worried about China’s economy as growth concerns rattled its financial markets. China’s strictly controlled news outlets have frequently rebuked the US and the Trump administration as the trade conflict has escalated, but they have largely refrained from specifically targeting Trump. The latest criticism from the overseas edition of the ruling Communist Party’s People’s Daily newspaper singled out Trump, saying he was starring in his own "street fighter-style deceitful drama of extortion and intimidation". The paper’s vitriol follows Trump’s comments on Twitter from Saturday in which he boasted that his strategy of placing steep tariffs on Chinese imports was "working far better than anyone ever anticipated", and that Beijing was now talking to the US about trade. Trump’s desire for others to play along with his d...

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