Obstacles to a Trade Deal Come From Both Beijing and Washington

The Daily Signal | 5/16/2019 | Staff
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Riley Walters is a policy analyst in the Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy at The Heritage Foundation.

It’s been almost two years since the U.S. and China entered negotiations, and those talks are still dragging on.

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No one knows the true progress of these talks except for what’s been reported through anonymous sources, or the occasional update from the White House. But as things stand, the talks have not sufficed to stave off a trade war.

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative has already begun the process of levying a 25% tax on all things Americans buy from China.

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As far as anyone knows, tensions are escalating, and Americans can expect to see the current tariffs stay in place for at least another month, and even up to five more years. This process was always going to be difficult given the Trump administration’s desire to get China to change its ways.

But the obstacles to reaching an agreement and removing the tariffs, may not be the agreement itself but may be coming from opposing in Washington just as much as from Beijing.

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American analysts are all over the map in terms of how the U.S. should handle these negotiations—and their views don’t neatly conform to party alliances.

There is a division among those who are “hawkish,” taking a more confrontational approach that opposes any commercial activity with China, and those who believe that governments (including the U.S. government) should get out of the way of the free flow of goods and services.

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To the extent this latter group recognizes Chinese abuses, they prefer to address them within the rules and processes of the World Trade Organization. The former group, which cares little about the World Trade Organization, even decries it as supposedly ineffective.

Between these groups are those who support the president’s aggressive...
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