More tariffs wrong tactic on China



December 6, 2018 - 10:08 AM

Along with businesses and consumers across this country, we’re breathing a sigh of relief that the United States and China have declared a 90-day cease-fire in an ongoing trade war.

It’s no secret we haven’t been happy with President Donald Trump’s tariff-happy trade policies since he took office. Whether it’s adding levies to imported goods, threats to bolt NAFTA or insulting our allies, we still can’t say whether Trump is engaging in some grand strategy or just throwing stuff at the wall, hoping something sticks. We are increasingly inclined to think it’s the throw-and-stick plan.

But we are still praying it could be the former — or at the very least that we will get lucky and it will look like the former when all is said and done. In any event, it’s not as if Trump is the first president to bang his head against the great wall of Chinese trade policy and come away with nothing but a headache to show for it.

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