China: Trump Chooses the Harder but Wiser Path

Aaron Hirschi at American Thinker has posted an important article about China with a great number of links — here is its opening:

Many experts are panicking about Trump’s economic punishments against China. They fear an economic downturn, a global depression, or even the worst case of open war. For the libertarians, it’s depriving entrepreneurs of the world’s largest market. For so-called realist and globalist foreign policy experts, it is irrational nationalism that unnecessarily endangers global prosperity and is best dealt with by trying to integrate China into the international system. These cries of panic are crescendoing now that tariffs are coming into effectCFIUS is being expanded, and Trump is increasing security controls throughout the economy.

Now these pro-China critics are trying to actively undermine President Trump in the name of globalism and alleged free trade. However, the rarely told reality is that President Trump is merely launching the first retaliation in a trade war that China has been waging for several decades. Trump is choosing the difficult correct course of action, which will cause pain to the United States in the short term so that the United States can thrive in the long term.

Most people involved in policy, finance, and diplomacy care only about immediate gain and often blindly ignore long-term consequences. Instant gratification in the form of quarterly profits, diplomatic summits, or jumps in stock price by embracing China is the easy choice. In the case of dealing with China, it is also the wrong choice. These decisions often come at the cost of long-term economic competitiveness or strategic advantage. China and its American sympathizers need to be confronted and shown why being pro-China is detrimental to the United States; the public needs to see what China and its lobbyists are doing to the United States. Leading this charge here in the U.S. on behalf of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) is the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and American academia at large.

Read more: American Thinker

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