‘Patriotic’ pain in America from the trade war

Foreign Affairs

Here are two views of the Trump administration’s handling of China and the trade war:

An American farmer says the U.S.-China trade war is really hurting in this CNN clip, “We’re in a free-fall out here.” Although he voted for Trump, he now believes the president’s approach to China is completely wrong.

The Atlantic’s James Fallows tweeted about the clip:

This is like what we heard from walnut / almond farmers in California. Short term hit is the collapse in prices, which is putting strain on families — Long term hit is switch to suppliers from other countries, because of “unreliability” of U.S. suppliers.

There’s a different reaction described in today’s edition of the New York Times Daily podcast, at around 20 minutes into the episode:

Natalie Kitroeff: I’ve had so many conversations…with workers and business owners all across the country. [They] see the fight between the U.S. and China as bigger and more important than the personal cost it might have to them in the short term. They value the fact that president Trump is willing to fight that fight. It’s patriotic.

Peter S. Goodman: That’s right. It’s part of why we should get our minds around the distinct possibility that this trade war will go on a long time.

On Monday, we noted that the government had begun a new, nationalistic propaganda campaign to prop up support for China against the U.S., and that the campaign was working.

At SupChina, we’ve been counting July 6, 2018 — when the first Trump tariffs went into place — as day one of the trade war. Three hundred and fourteen days later, I see no end in sight.

Below are links to further reporting on the trade war and related U.S.-China tensions.

Effects on U.S. economy

Taiwan and SE Asia to benefit?


  • Trump order clears way for barring Huawei from U.S. telecommunications networks / Reuters
    “President Donald Trump on Wednesday signed an executive order declaring a national emergency and barring U.S. companies from using telecommunications equipment made by firms posing a national security risk, paving the way for a ban on doing business with China’s Huawei Technologies Co.”
    “The order directs the Commerce Department, working with other government agencies, to draw up a plan for enforcement within 150 days.”
  • Huawei says willing to sign ‘no-spy’ agreements / BBC
    Despite American efforts, Huawei is not giving up on Five Eye countries. Huawei chairman Liáng Huá 梁华 told a business conference in London that the company is “willing to sign no-spy agreements with governments,” including the U.K.

Other American moves against China

U.S. lawmakers want to tighten visas for Chinese students, researchers / Reuters
“A group of President Donald Trump’s fellow Republicans in Congress introduced legislation on Tuesday (May 14) intended to prohibit anyone employed or sponsored by the Chinese military from receiving student or research visas to the United States.”