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Why Is the GOP Terrified of Tariffs?

Posted by seumasach on March 7, 2018

“The idea is not to keep foreign goods out, but to induce foreign companies to move production here.”,

I also assume that is the idea: otherwise it can only be pure madness. America’s rapid growth towards the end of the 19th century was also the result, not just of tariffs but of inward investment- in that case, from Britain who had decided to outsource the empire after the defeat of the Confederacy in the Civil War. Today, foreign investment provides the key to the reindustrialization of the USA and it is China in particular who can play that role. Prepare to hear Trump ringing out the slogan”The jobs are coming home!”

Patrick J.Buchanan

5th March, 2018

From Lincoln to William McKinley to Theodore Roosevelt, and from Warren Harding through Calvin Coolidge, the Republican Party erected the most awesome manufacturing machine the world had ever seen.

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China’s overture to Wall Street

Posted by seumasach on November 22, 2017

Greanville Post

14th November, 2017

For all the pomp and circumstance of Donald Trump’s Beijing trip, its most interesting outcome was a Chinese overture to the titans of global finance, currently ensconced in Wall Street and London. Given the big banks’ position at the apex of of the Western power structure, the move is highly strategic and bears close watching.

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The US has two realistic options: save itself or destroy the world in trying to do so

Posted by seumasach on October 20, 2017

Adam Garrie

The Duran

19th October, 2017

Yesterday’s marathon speech by Chinese President Xi Jinping was not only a blueprint for China’s future, but for the future of the 21st century. Not only will all roads lead to China by century’s end, but in many ways, the new and most vibrant roads in the world already do.

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China may be Trump’s best hope to ‘make America great again’

Posted by seumasach on October 13, 2017

This is the key issue of the Trump presidency behind all the rhetoric, the posturing and the threats. If Trump can consolidate a partnership with China we will know that there is method in his madness. Otherwise it is simply madness with Trump breaking America’s old partnerships whilst failing to create new ones.

Asia Times

13th October, 2017

China is not America’s enemy or competitor or whatever name the US anti-China crowd labels it with. It is not challenging US global supremacy or stealing its jobs, as many in America claim. On the contrary, the Chinese and US economies are increasingly intertwined, becoming each other’s largest trade partners and major investors.

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Tillerson: US in contact with North Korea and ready to talk

Posted by seumasach on October 1, 2017


1st October, 2017

Washington has ‘lines of communication to Pyongyang’, secretary of state says after meeting President Xi Jinping in Beijing

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US envoy to Japan: Trump surrounded by cool heads

Posted by seumasach on October 1, 2017

Asia Times

30th September, 2017

People anxious about Donald Trump’s rhetoric on North Korea should be reassured that the US president has surrounded himself with “disciplined and thoughtful” advisers who won’t rush towards war, according to his new ambassador to Japan.

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How US President Donald Trump’s visit to China can make both nations great again

Posted by seumasach on September 24, 2017

Trump has revealed an impressively destructive approach to the old world order: NATO, TTIP, NAFTA, TPP, the US/UK alliance, the trade deal with South Korea and,in some ways the UN, have all been ditched or weakened under his presidency. What remains to be seen is whether he can be constructive too. This can only mean close cooperation with the world’s leading economy and the USA’s largest creditor, China. All roads lead to Beijing and for Trump this can be win/win, as the Chinese love to say. Trump has also divested himself of Bannon and the nationalist faction which leaves the road open to an America first policy which is not isolationist. America cannot pull itself up by its shoe-strings: rather it must buy into China-led globalization. This is a difficult step for an essentially provincial country and one which, perhaps, cannot be sold until King Dollar starts to fall. It is though of existential importance to the USA.


24th September, 2017

Andrew Leung says major issues, from North Korea to trade and maritime rights, will be at stake when Trump visits China. But, above all, it will be an opportunity for the two powers to recalibrate their relationship and define the new world order.

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Belt and Road can complement America First

Posted by seumasach on May 17, 2017 Times

15th May, 2017

Sunday saw the start of the first-ever Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation. Washington sent a delegation led by White House adviser Matthew Pottinger to the summit, a sharp contrast from its previous attitude to Beijing’s infrastructure-building proposals. Washington “recognizes the importance” of the Belt and Road initiative, according to the US Commerce Department.

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Trump’s ‘America First’ reappears centre stage

Posted by seumasach on May 6, 2017


Indian Punchline

4th May, 2017

The US President Donald Trump’s foreign policy team bears an appearance of being dominated by the military brass. This in turn engendered the perception that Trump’s ‘America First’ foreign policy is not going to happen. But in reality Trump has been biding his time. One sign of it has been the slow, unobtrusive emergence of state secretary Rex Tillerson at the centre stage of policy-making in the recent weeks. (I subscribe to the opinion that Tillerson was an inspired choice President-elect Trump had made in his cabinet appointments.)

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What should Xi and Trump talk about?

Posted by seumasach on April 3, 2017

“There is another way to take advantage of the trade surplus China enjoys: to make financing one of the requirements in the infrastructure projects that Chinese companies wish to take part in. China should be quite willing to do so as it has been actively financing various projects along the Silk Road.”

In other words, China can write down US debt in exchange for investments in US

Asia Times

3rd April, 2017

Later this week, China’s President Xi Jinping will meet US President Donald Trump in Florida at the unofficial White House. In view of Trump’s predilection for unpredictability and brash outbursts, some pundits thought Xi might be taking a risk if the impromptu summit does not turn out well.

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Did Rex Tillerson dance to China’s tune?

Posted by seumasach on March 23, 2017

Asia Times

22nd March, 2017

For all his tough talk in Tokyo and Seoul, Rex Tillerson adopted a remarkably soft tone when he met China’s president and officials in Beijing during the last stop of his first Asian tour as US secretary of state last week.

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