Reasons To End the Trade War with China:
What are the arguments against a trade war with China? There are debatable points to consider. First, free-trade advocates think tariffs protect domestic businesses from Chinese competition. Second, tariffs only serve to increase prices. Third, some feel that paying less for products is prosperity, and finally, the United States Chamber of Commerce has stated that tariffs are “taxes paid by Americans.” These arguments are factual. The challenge: to persuade the reader to see a different context for a trade war Begin with a basic definition to set up the context– Geopolitics addresses the relations and interactions between States, Civilizations, Peoples, and Economics.
Sun Tzu, the Art of War: “The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.”
What are the arguments to continue the trade war with China?
American’s position in the world as a geopolitical power must be protected and defended. If you accept that statement with a degree of value or importance then, consider some supporting thoughts:: A red alert or state of emergency exists– all democratic governments face propaganda and deceptive practices that spread racial division and cultivate hatred. Besides, the Chinese and Russian governments hack into free elections, while foreign conspiracy theorists circulate inflammatory language through social media to cause distrust. China must be neutralized. Can tariffs neutralize China and return America to superpower status in the world?
Tariffs can help to discourage American businesses from aiding in the rise of this formidable adversary– that seeks to lead the world in areas of AI, telecom, and other advanced technology. Therefore; a primary policy that prohibits U.S. companies from entering the Chinese market to “share” intellectual property would render China’s global strategy a blow.
China seeks global dominance. A lesson in history shows how during W.W.II Japan sought to garner much needed natural resources through military expansion in southeast Asia. By comparison, China’s colonialism resembles Japan’s quest, i.e., the conflict with the people of Hong Kong Once Hong Kong falls to authoritarian rule, beware–Southeast Asia sits as a set of dominoes.
The dominoes to fall in China’s vision: the City of Hong Kong, The Republic of Taiwan, South Korea, the Philippines, and Japan.
How have our trade agreements with China threatened our National Defense?
Our National Defense has suffered as a result of the trade agreements with China. These agreements have handicapped our defense in ways most Americans are unaware:
1) currently our military supply chain remains located within the borders of China, 2) our military uses China’s natural resources to maintain its readiness, and 3) our advanced technology flows from American companies to the Chinese military.
How can America regain its lost dominance? Briefly, 1) redefine the meaning of “free trade” to bar a surveillance state from gaining an upper hand in the market place, 2) prevent and discourage U.S. corporations from locating their Research and Development operations in China. For Example, 50% of all centers are from the United States. As a result, spies infiltrate and steal technology from these corporate R&D centers. Consequently, tariffs will help our country to decouple from China and encourage the development of supply chains and natural resources outside of China.
Hence, the inconvenient truth–China wins the trade war because America’s National Defense remains in jeopardy. Furthermore, our country silently withdraws from its geopolitical responsibility to help preserve and protect democratic governments.
Above all, the trade war with China means so much more than buying cheaper consumer goods–America must decouple from China to regain its presence as a world power and regain control over its National Defense.