Tackling the China challenge requires a strategic response. Trump’s scattershot policy will be counterproductive
In recent months, Donald Trump has launched America’s new buckshot approach to China – hit China everywhere and see what works. On Wednesday, Vice-President Mike Pence gave a speech to articulate this new “get tough” policy. The strategy includes starting a trade war and shining a spotlight on China’s propaganda in the United States, with presumably more to come.
Faced with real threats from China that require a strategic response, this scattershot policy will be counterproductive. The trade war is the perfect example of the drawbacks: using indiscriminate tariffs in an unlikely attempt to change China’s economy will only hurt America and its allies without solving the real problems American businesses face in China.