Gustavo, Contributor posted:
would amount to making an assertion that is hard to uphold. Journalist would not make such claims (nobody knows for sure what the commercial conditions will be like in the future), and thus prefer to use the conditional.
Hello, as you said journalists prefer to use "conditional" in such cases. But according to the rule of "second conditional" when it is said "Why the US would never win a trade war with China" It implies "why the US would never win a trade war with China if there were one." So basically It means "there is no trade war at the moment between the US and China." But in this article it is clear that there has been a trade war going one between the two countries for some time. Still why is "would" grammatical in the headline? Can you please explain? 😃