December 2, 2018
The trade war is difficult for me as although I hate the dog-eating chinks in theory, in reality, I am a general gook-lover.
Xi is clearly one of the great leaders of the modern era. He is in the same class as Putin, Trump and Erdogan as far as being an outsized figure and a Great Man of History.
Clearly, Trump was more than justified in going to war with him, not because he’d done anything wrong, but because our own leaders set up a situation that is nonviable.
But if we’re looking to create an illiberal, anti-democratic future for the earth, then Xi should be a good ally. Certainly more of an ally than the present leadership of Europe and the rest of the disgusting perverts who are supposed to be our allies.
President Donald Trump agreed to temporarily hold his next round of fire in the U.S. trade war with China in order to give Washington and Beijing more time to talk, the White House announced Saturday.
Word of the deal, which essentially sets up a process for more negotiation, came hours after Trump met with Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the G-20 summit here and after Air Force One had departed for Washington.
“This was an amazing and productive meeting with unlimited possibilities for both the United States and China,” Trump said in a statement released by the White House. “It is my great honor to be working with President Xi.”
Under the agreement, Trump will hold off on his vow to increase U.S. tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods from 10 percent to 25 percent on Jan. 1. But if negotiators can’t come to a broader agreement at the end of that time, the tariffs will rise, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said in the statement.
In exchange for Trump pausing the planned increase, China agreed to buy a “not yet agreed upon, but very substantial amount” of U.S. goods from the agricultural, energy and industrial sectors, according to Sanders’ statement. China also will make fentanyl, a deadly synthetic opioid, a controlled substance, the White House said.
On a political level, the agreement gives Trump some breathing room as his re-election campaign gears up. Some critics of his policy have said that raising tariffs on Chinese goods is likely to increase prices for voters.
It hasn’t increased any prices yet, if it does increase prices it should also be increasing income, and I’m not sure I agree with stopping future tariffs, but this pause was something everyone predicted would result from the Trump-Xi talks, and is not some kind of change in policy. Trump is just giving Xi room to move for negotiations. It’s a gesture of good faith.
Anyway, the trade war with China is pretty far down on the list of priorities these days as far as I’m concerned.
- An invasion on our border and no wall
- People trying to start a war with Russia
- This endless “investigation”
And so on and so forth.
China trade war is not at the front of my mind.
Jobs would be good, but as long as we don’t have a border, and haven’t shut down all of these H1-B programs, the jobs that are coming in are not for Americans.