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"That's not negotiation. That is dictation." That's the heart of the matter.
The US caused all this global mess. It started its global financialization wave which primacizes leveraging as wealth builder, thereby herding its labor from manufacturing into financial leverage services so that its remaining manufacturing labor is not retooled to do other things when that change is all the more needed for advanced economies.
Then Trump entered the picture and made it his clarion call to demonize China as the cause of this the US' own dereliction. Sycophants seeing their own personal opportunity for national glory next clamored around him to egg him on when all of the best economics and past history of the US have shown trade tariffs cause only harm, not just to the global trade markets and supply chains but also directly onto US manufacturers who need to intake semifinished imported parts, and also onto the larger portion of US consumers who have all these years been finding household relief by buying China goods which also keep their inflation at bay and mollifies them from thinking too much about their disparity from their own rich US elites.
Some may now say the US economy is thriving and employment is maxing which means wages are rising but those observations must not be conflated with Trump's tariff-man actions. Who can believe those observations are not because the US economy was flipped by his one-time tax reduction whose effects are however now attenuating as is inevitable, especially when a large part of it was only used by the benefitting US corporations to buy back their shares without investing in the retooling of their workers which was the original imperative in the first place? Furthermore, those tail-end feel-good effects remain internal to the US and therefore can only be short-termish from global and future viewpoints since full employment means there won't be enough new labor to sustain growth momentum of US products for the global markets what more at prices now too high for importing countries because they can also raise counter tariffs on the US for every tariff the US raises onto them.
Therefore, the US manufacturers have to continue to depend on overseas supply chains to sustain the US economy, for erecting tariffs will only attract reaction while increasing the cost of goods needed by US plants, builders and consumers besides denuding the service staff of importing US companies.
If US concerns divert their operations to other countries, which be they that must also fulfill the market needs for best-infrastructure-supported speeds-to-delivery and in accordance with preset-quality standards grown over years from training of locals? India is belaboring its bureaucracy, Vietnam has poor infrastructure, the countries of SEAsia have neither the scale, size nor committable resources including raw materials sourcing to make the edge of meeting those market needs while Japan and South Korea have already suffered Trump's trade sabre-rattling, and Eastern Europe remains supplier to Russia and the EU whose Germany is meanwhile chewing its fingernails each time it hears any rumbling of auto tariffs, and Latin America does not have a manufacturing base, and Canada and Mexico have already been made eunuchs of the US White House and thus dependent on the whims and fancies of US domestic interests for that matter political interference. Maybe the Aliens of Mars will be less reticent but with their advanced signal technologies, they have already heard for themselves Cohen's testimony, viewed Daniel's curves, winced at Trump's rants and seen how the US congress is split over GWOA (the great wall of America) now that MAGA is suddenly off the screen.
These conclusions cannot possibly be lost on US manufacturers and investors overseas, many of which having already invested steeply and too seriously in China to be distracted by the facetious caprice of a guy who doesn't read briefs, knows nuts about China's history, manufacturing organization, and international commercial networks but can only say his having bone spurs to spurn military service and to excuse his lack of focus on international economics, for that matter anything except his tweets, foxy news and mar-a-lago golf course.
And yes, for the benefit of one barcoded baldie, the extensiveness of China's IP progress has already been made and presented with legal certitude; if he can't or didn't read those findings to get a lasting enlightenment about himself, his record is not only broken but one may now conclude is also warped. Besides her legal statutes on intellectual property and its enforcement growing by leaps and bounds until even European experts have lauded her progress, China's talents are now in the big league of getting copyrights and patents so that soon enough China will be the main global mover of intellectual property protection as may be seen by how she has achieved so many numero uno's in so short a time. Could it all been because of the wisdom by which she has been administrated all these past years in directly observable memory? Could it also because the US have been using old records to try and shore present claims to sovereign dictatorship of other nations for short term political expediency of seeking the bar of approval of its thirty-percent voters?
Which leaves the matter of snapbacks on tariffs. A moment's thought will tell you it is moronic and if oxygenated further will become oxy-moronic. A snapback on tariffs is a direct threat onto another sovereign nation and absolutely against the grain of any agreement that has already been made to withdraw tariffs erected unilaterally. After all, it is tantamount to saying the party which enforces the snapback has the absolute right to define when there has been transgression. A case, two cases, three perhaps, qualify for a snapback? Out of how many in the sampling? A million, two million, three, perhaps? A snapback thus is open to abuse of interpretation by the snapbacking party against the grain of any MOU between two agreeing parties. Lighthizer should know this; isn't he a lawyer by training? Or has his own shadow been overlapped by the craven racism of Navarro and Bannon, or the four P's, namely Pence, Pompeo and their respective two p's? Or even a Marco Rubio and a Derek Scissors? Exactly from where did these toadstools mushroom?
Trump should get his bone spurs treated. It must be excruciating pain for a potus to walk around while trying to dignify his collapsing reputation as a go-getting deal-maker. However any accupuncturist will tell you pain in the heel starts in the head. He should try a brain scan. Alas, one is not too hopeful the MRI computer won't spew out its final diagnosis:
"Does Not Compute".