President Trump has displayed a poor understanding of the danger that a trade war with China poses to the US, holds Eugene Robinson of The Washington Post. His decision to increase tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese goods brought to the US will cause reactive tariffs that would hurt America’s economy. Already financial markets are highly worried, which will only exasperate the economic damage. Trump’s attempt to pressure China into submission won’t work. He wants to appear strong but is taking steps that will have grave consequences. His effort to compensate local businesses shows how much money this move will cost the US.
President Trump is right to apply economic pressure on China to get it to respect international trade principles, reports Salvatore Babones of The National Interest. The country joined the World Trade Organization and has reaped countless benefits from it, without ever fully adhering to its rules. American companies are not given any of the freedoms that Chinese businesses get when coming to the US. It has shown that force is necessary to make it respect the rules of the world market. Now is the perfect time to challenge China over this point, as its economy is slowing, which spreads discontent that the government can’t afford to ignore.