What’s behind the U.S.-China trade war?

BY:John Bachtell| July 17, 2018
What’s behind the U.S.-China trade war?


The purpose of tariffs is not chiefly to overcome the trade imbalance between the two countries and protect American workers. Trump’s real goal, besides energizing his base for the 2018 elections and splitting the ranks of the U.S. labor movement, is to thwart China from becoming a direct economic rival and make it abandon its socialist-oriented economic strategy. This flows from Trump’s new national security strategy, which declared China and Russia strategic economic and military rivals.

Until now, China has competed with other developing countries to produce consumer goods for advanced industrialized economies. In the future, it will be competing more directly with the U.S. and other advanced capitalist economies in the advanced manufacturing and technological sectors.

Trump wants China to dismantle its “Made in China 2025” strategy, a 10-year plan to make the country a world leader in key scientific and technical fields and advanced manufacturing, with an aim to sharply increase productivity (which is approximately one-third that of the U.S. economy).  Read more:

Comments (5)

L.G. Swift | September 06, 2018 at 12:45 PM

This debate about communism versus capitalism has been going on as long as I can remember, since the early 50’s or between the end of wwII and the Korean conflict. It has not changed. The only change has been that capitalism has gotten greedier. (IMHO) and politics have gotten worse.

Gabriel Falsetta | August 29, 2018 at 6:54 PM

Overall a good — I believe transparent article on China and our future.
Where I disagree and I’m not sure why John even injected the paragraph on the Soviet Union. I’m not an expert on soviet history but I have read enough about the period he alludes to know the Stalin and his administration pushed to mobilize the Soviet people to make ready for the fascist onslaught that happened in 1941. What country on the planet would have put the environment before arming themselves against Nazi Germany? In doing so, Stalin and his administration beat back the fascists! Please, Our Party should not disparage Stalin, there are too many in the 1% that will be are happy to do so…

James Lemoyne | August 26, 2018 at 12:02 AM

What, exactly is a “socialist oriented economic strategy”? And is China, with its workers deprived of even basic organizational rights, and its leadership lining their own pockets, in any way “socialist”? Sure, China has some state owned enterprises but who is making the money? If this is the socialism for which we should have a revolution, forget it.

Xiaodong Gao | July 23, 2018 at 1:36 PM

The will of the people is unshakable. Those who betray the people for their own benefits will go down in history.

Richard Thompson | July 21, 2018 at 2:24 PM

I believe the tariffs are chiefly to over come the trad imbalance. Caused by stupid liberal policy’s in the past. It is understandable China wouldn’t want to give up the great deals that they have gotten.

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