For far too long China has taken advantage of the west when it comes to trade.
Our recent presidents have consistently caved in to them—especially the Clintons who likely gave the Chinese whatever they wanted in exchange for campaign donations. Yes, it’s still yet another Clinton scandal that should have been investigated.
H.W. Bush said by opening up trade with China, our relations with them would become friendlier. He was China’s useful idiot. Instead of becoming our friend, bad trade deals only made China a wealthier enemy. They still consider us an
archenemy. Bush did nothing after the Tiananmen Square massacre. We know what China has done to Tibet and they still want to invade Taiwan. They are building islands to help with their future military conquests. Regardless, we finally have a president willing to stand up to them, and they must view that with alarm. If they refuse to compromise, it could bring down their over-extended economy.
China has long been using unfair, xenophobic trade policies to shaft other countries. Western nations—especially the USA—have relocated way too many industries in China. China not only utilizes vast, cheap labor, but they also have no moral compunction when it comes to spying on foreign corporations or even stealing foreign products and processes. That includes stealing military technology–that is, when the Clintons weren’t handing it over to them outright. They’ve manipulated their currency to give them a constant advantage.
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China has been around for over 5,000 years and they’ve learned to take a long-range view of things. They are very patient with their strategy, which of course is world domination. I once heard a translation of President Xi’s comments when he visited America early in Trump’s presidency. Xi flatly stated that he was an atheist. That means he worships himself. He recently proved that by ordering his subjects to love and worship him. He’s becoming the new Mao and like that dictator, Xi’s delusional religion is his own relentless expansion of power. He probably grew accustomed to world leaders applauding China’s habit of ripping them off.
President Trump wants to end the rip offs. Such a push back against China has been long overdue.