lørdag 27. juni 2020

Donald Trump may lack a coherent China policy, but he got something right

US President Donald Trump got several things right about China, and for that we should laud his efforts. He knew, or at least listened to the right adviser, when he decided that the “Washington consensus” – which assumed that closer economic integration with China would encourage Beijing to open its markets and provide greater opportunities for foreign companies – was wrong.

That conclusion should have been obvious to Washington’s China hands long before Trump started his trade war with Beijing.Trump also seemed to understand that Beijing demands diplomacy but only respects power, probably because he has the same mindset. Has Trump ever been open to meeting in the middle when faced with a challenge? No. Just like his friend, Chinese President Xi Jinping, Trump equates concessions with weakness.