Experts back tough US stance on China (Claude Barfield, East Asia Forum)

The Trump administration holds a great many economically erroneous and politically demagogic views on trade — that trade policy can change trade balances, that bilateral agreements are more economically efficient than regional or multilateral agreements, that US national security is imperilled by steel and aluminium imports, and that the US trade deficit is conclusive evidence of ‘unfair’ trade practices. Hence, it is difficult to accept that on China, Trump’s goals — if not his tactics — are in the US national interest.

Experts back tough US stance on China