The new policies that President Trump has enacted to weigh down imports from places like China risk not only a trade war but real conflict between the two global powers, holds Gideon Rachman of the Financial Times. The two countries have long been bound by strong economic ties. At a time when issues like disputes over an island in the South China Sea are causing tension, hampering trade could worsen relations significantly. Trade is one of the last strong ties that the two countries share. A rising China and a growingly isolationist US are big threats to the current balance of peace. Trump should be cooperating with China and help it develop.
President Trump’s recent tariffs on steel and aluminum are a correct effort to punish China for having taken advantage of the US, writes Marco Rubio in The New York Times. It breaks trade agreements and copies intellectual property made and patented in America. China does what it can to benefit itself and hurt the US on the international market. It violates trade rules, stealing intellectual property and spies on competitors. Foreign companies that want access to its market are forced to follow rules that exacerbate these problems. The current system of international trade has short-changed America. Trump is fighting to reverse that.