The Wall Street Journal reports, "China's point man on trade talks with the U.S., Vice Premier Liu He, said external pressure serves his nation's long-term interests, providing rare insight into how he frames the high-stakes tussle between the world's two biggest economies. Mr. Liu told a financial forum Thursday that such pressures, which he didn't specify, are spurring China to create stronger domestic capital markets and more innovative industrial supply chains while making financial risks and domestic consumption high priorities. He described those as welcome trends in China's transition 'from being big to being strong' and said they would make for a 'steady and balanced economy.' During his presentation at Shanghai's Lujiazui Forum, the 67-year-old technocrat didn't refer directly to the U.S. or the trade talks that he has led. His arguments about China's economic wherewithal dovetailed with Chinese officialdom's assertion that Beijing can weather a trade fight it sees as having been started by the U.S."