China funds US spending rust belt is being sold a lie. Initially it was Europe, Canada and Mexico. Now Donald Trump’s aim has moved on to the actual aim for his trade war: China. Wilbur Ross, the US commerce secretary, is in Beijing for conversations focused at lowering America’s $30bn-a month- shortage. Exports of Chinese sophisticated fabricated goods are at top of Ross’s list.
Trump procedure is an indication of weakness not strength. Countries that recourse to protectionism usually does so for one of the two basis, to aid the advancement procedure when they are on rise and to deliberate the stride of decline when they are in a relative fall. The latter is true for America. Sturdy tariffs of 40% on imported fabricated goods assisted the US to build up its industrial power in the second half of the 19th century. By 1945, the US was the supreme economy in the world and reinforced trade liberalization as it required searching overseas market for its goods.
Protectionist inclination did not disappear. They came up in 1980s when there was hysteria about the menace posed by Japan. And beneath the Trumpian pomposity there is a deep rooted fright that America’s dominance is intimidated by China’s swift economic transfiguration over the past 40 years.
If the scramble between the US and China simply leads to trade war it is good sign for the world. Historically, when an emerging power provokes the prevailing power elite it has led to blood baths.
Simon Morgan was born and raised in Ottawa. Simon has worked as a freelance journalist for nearly a decade and written for The Ottawa Sun, the Vancouver Sun and the Star. As a journalist for Island Daily Tribune, Simon mostly covers community events and human interest stories.