Trump to Intensify Trade War in Vain as Early as Next WeekPosted: August 31, 2018
SCMP says in its report “Donald Trump to back tariffs on US$200 billion in Chinese imports ‘as early as next week’” today that due to success in dealing with trade disputes with Mexico, trade hawks prevail now in White House so that Trump believes heightening pressure on China may bring China down to its knees.
He is committing the same mistake of underestimating China when the US fought China in Korean War. Now the US is powerful enough to bully Mexico but it could not bully China. China defeated the US when the US was the strongest and most advanced in the world while China was among the poorest and most backward nations in the world. However, now Chinese economy is as strong as or stronger than the US that is heavily in debt.
Trump is even ignorant that one can begin a war but to end a war he must overwhelm his enemy or obtain his enemy’s consent to end the war. Now, Trump simply lacks the strength to overwhelm China. Nor can he be sure of China’s consent to end the war, even less on his terms. What if he cannot fight on but China would not stop fighting as China is winning the war by 2020? He even may not be reelected!
I feel sorry for Trump and, therefore, for the US. Why is the US unable to elect a wiser president? Trump is wise enough to be a successful businessman but the art to govern a nation is entirely different from that in running a business.
Comment by Chan Kai Yee on SCMP’s report, full text of which can be viewed at https://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/2162107/trump-back-tariffs-us200-billion-chinese-imports-early-next-week.