In life, clichés are just boring. They’re things you’ve heard a hundred times before and you wish someone would come up with something original for a change. In trading, the use of the word “cliché” is downright dangerous. It implies something unoriginal or out of date, a fad thought that’s gone out of fashion.

Washington’s decision to impose visa bans on Chinese officials combined with adding further Chinese companies to a US-trade blacklist, has weighed on the slim hopes that both economies would potentially reach a truce at upcoming negotiations.