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Hi, teachers!

I'm reading an article in 'The Economist',

which is about relations between China and America around coronavirus.

1.

Yet what candidate Mr Trump said in 2016 and what America's president says are different matters. China has responded angrily to his administration's slurs. Where recent pandemics-including the 2014 west African Ebola outbreak-saw productive Sino-American co-operation, this one has take the already-poor relations between Mr Trump and Xi Jinping to new lows.

I hardly understand the meaning of the last sentence(bold)!

Does this mean 'before Trump administration, relations between China and the U.S. had been improving

especially in the areas where their co-operation was needed. But after power changed in the U.S.,

their relations became poor and appear to be poorer due to the coronavirus situation.'?

('Although' is elliptical before 'where recent pandemics...')

Is my understanding right?

2.

The best way to lower the tension would be if Mr Trump's diversionary tactic failed.

I don't know the structure of this sentence!

It's a much different sentence using subjunctive mood from what I've learned in textbooks.

Can I rewrite the sentence like

'If Mr Trump's diversionary tactic failed, that would be the best way to lower the tension'?


Thank you for reading my question!

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I'm reading an article in 'The Economist',

which is about relations between China and America around coronavirus.

1.

Yet what candidate Mr Trump said in 2016 and what America's president says are different matters. China has responded angrily to his administration's slurs. Where recent pandemics-including the 2014 west African Ebola outbreak-saw productive Sino-American co-operation, this one has take the already-poor relations between Mr Trump and Xi Jinping to new lows.

I hardly understand the meaning of the last sentence(bold)!

Does this mean 'before Trump administration, relations between China and the U.S. were improving? Yes

especially in the areas where their co-operation was needed. Yes But after power changed in the U.S.,

their relations became poor and appear to be poorer due to the coronavirus situation.'? Yes

('Although' is elliptical before 'where recent pandemics...') Maybe

Is my understanding right? Yes

2.

The best way to lower the tension would be if Mr Trump's diversionary tactic failed.

I don't know the structure of this sentence!

It's a much different sentence using subjunctive mood from what I've learned in textbooks.

Can I rewrite the sentence like

'If Mr Trump's diversionary tactic failed, that would be the best way to lower the tension'? Yes, but the original sounds better.

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ANNE202Yet what candidate Mr Trump said in 2016 and what America's president says are different matters.

Mr Trump changed his attitude (and what he said about China) after he became president. He insulted the Chinese president.

ANNE202 Where recent pandemics-including the 2014 west African Ebola outbreak-saw productive Sino-American co-operation, this one has take the already-poor relations between Mr Trump and Xi Jinping to new lows.
Where recent pandemics-including the 2014 west African Ebola outbreak-saw productive Sino-American co-operation, this one has take the already-poor relations between Mr Trump and Xi Jinping to new lows.

The underlined means: In 2014, there was an epidemic in Africa caused by the Ebola virus, and there were other pandemics.

Where recent pandemics-including the 2014 west African Ebola outbreak-saw productive Sino-American co-operation, this one has take the already-poor relations between Mr Trump and Xi Jinping to new lows.

The underlined means: During these pandemics, there was good and effective (productive) cooperation between China and America. (Sino-American)

Where recent pandemics-including the 2014 west African Ebola outbreak-saw productive Sino-American co-operation, this one has take the already-poor relations between Mr Trump and Xi Jinping to new lows.

The underlined means: But this pandemic (Covid-19), has caused the relationship between Mr Trump and the Chinese leader to deteriorate to a very low level.

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Thank you so much for your comment, teacher!

Reading your answer, I was so happy because of not only the fact that

I interpreted the sentence 'almost' right but also the fact that I learned one more thing

due to your correction (had been improving->were improving!)

♡♡♡♡♡

ps.

If you read my reply, could you tell me if I used the phrase 'not only A but also B' (underline) in the sentence correctly?

It doesn't sound good to me T.T

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How kind you are, teacher! ♥♥♥

Reading your post, I felt as if a real teacher were sitting beside me and explaining to me.

I learned much more than I expected!

love you teacher ♡♡♡

ANNE202If you read my reply, could you tell me if I used the phrase 'not only A but also B' (underline) in the sentence correctly?

It is awkward and unnatural.

Reading your answer, I was very happy because I not only interpreted the sentence 'almost' correctly but I also learned one more thing.

Thank you so much teacher again! ♡♡♡

I thought native speakers love the phrase 'the fact that~' and used it in my sentence.

But I learned it wasn't a good choice thanks to your post! T.T

Everytime I realize how many unnatural English sentences I make,

I become more ambitious to be a better student! ♥♥♥

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ANNE202I thought native speakers love the phrase 'the fact that~'

We do use it often, but only when the context calls for it, that is, commenting on or emphasizing a truthful statement, frequently surprising, unpleasant or difficult to deal with.

Let's all face the fact that with this epidemic our economy is deep trouble.
Susan disappeared on a hiking trip in the wilderness. Her relatives have accepted the fact that she's probably dead.
The Dutch also dislike the fact that they pay more into the EU than all the other member countries.
Their financial difficulties arise out of the fact that their credit card debt has a very high interest rate.
Mr. Crock is diabetic, and he doesn't hide the fact that his health is not the best.
More startling is the fact that 60% of the beaches there have no lifeguards.
Some criticized the company's management given the fact that $100 million was spent on a marketing campaign that failed to increase sales.

Oh,

when the contents are surprising, unpleasant or difficult to deal with!

Next time I see the expression in news or anything else, it would seem very special to me!

Capturing nuance in vocabularies or phrases is a rather difficult thing for a English learner! T.T

Thank you teacher, I've learned one more thing from your reply! ♥♥♥