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The trade war could have been avoided if the US had sat down upfront with China and asked first for her reasoning on her bottomline before starting its trade tariffs and sanctions on China. |
If it had done so, the US would itself have quickly come to an understanding of each other's limiting situation first before starting anything.
That it didn't and instead went ahead with its trade war showed it wanted to wreck havoc through application of naked power. Yet, with power must come responsibility. So the US as the global super-hegemon has only been irresponsible.
Furthermore, there has not been any instance where the entire Trump administration has asked itself how it would have reacted if the US had been China instead.
There was only impatience and lies to over-rule China on her rationale for her policies and actions.
For the US, national sovereignty in an international setting has become an exclusively and therefore, hypocritically, American affair. As a 300-year old nation, the US is trying to tell a 3,000-year old nation what to do on the basis of rules set by the US to advantage itself permanently even while transgressing against the basic principle of humanity - the right of others to progress. The US talks about how it has been helping the world make progress. Yet it is working overtime creating mischief to stymie China's own progress.
And when others succeed under those rules, the Anglos change them without fanfare through their escape hatch of asymmetric, one-after-another, mischief.
A proper mutual understanding would have cut through all this mess and built a prerequisite foundation to interact with clear common objectives which in turn would have set an example for future administrations on how to engage and cooperate with each other, thereby creating a productive, positive, long-term, and common narrative which would have eased tensions, nipped fractures, and built permanent co-creation for mutual if not global benefit instanced by the business environment stability needed by investors for growth.
Through their jaundiced racist eyes, Trump and his anti-China hawks only saw in China an opportunity to deflect attention from the US' own internal, white-heat, domestic problems by blaming and striking China down instead.
Yet it is instructive to note none of the US' allies which trade with China have similarly blamed China for their own internal domestic problems. Instead they have benefited enormously through trade, exchanges and cooperation with her. So what makes the US so special?
Today, the entire business world is suffering from business policy uncertainties consequent from Trump's trade war. Some have gone into recession mode; others have lost what they had earned through hard work and sacrifice.
None has a kind word for Trump and his US, a country whose peoples blame him when their stock market nosedives but blame others when it rises, both depending on his tweets which in turn depends on his moods. How the mighty has fallen.
The world has already concluded the US as an advanced nation is making cold war in all but name on China, a developing nation but with Chinese characteristics of advanced thinking that have been pragmatic for development and progress emulable for others.
Smaller nations whether advanced or developing have therefore drawn the fundamental conclusion on the US' initiated trade war on China - that the US is nothing but a big bully and has dictatorially demanded others to toe its line to its benefit even when its own international practices have been inconsistent with its paraded self-assertions.
What the US is doing onto China, it will only do onto others soon enough after China.
And yet, all live on the same planet, now hotter by the day. Quo vadis?