China may be Trump’s best hope to ‘make America great again’ | 10/13/2017 | Staff
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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.

What’s more, a large number of US states (such as Iowa) and cities (Los Angeles) are dependent on the Chinese market and investment to sustain economic growth.

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The two countries are also cooperative in geopolitics, working together to defuse the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue, holding frequent high-level dialogues to pre-empt potential conflicts and reaching an agreement on climate change.

Every US president since Richard Nixon has recognized the importance of the US-China relationship, doing what they could to prevent it from being derailed by an anti-China Congress, media and pundits. Donald Trump, though he castigated China before and immediately after being elected president, has made a U-turn on his anti-China rhetoric.

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To prevent future conflicts in areas where their national interests collide, the two countries have set up mechanisms since George W Bush’s presidency. His successor, Barack Obama, upgraded the dialogues, establishing the Strategic and Economic Dialogue. Trump went further, raising the S&ED to four high-level talks – comprehensive economics, diplomatic and security, law enforcement and cybersecurity, and social and culture – at a summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping at Mar-a-Lago, Florida, in early April.

Judging from the successes achieved in each of the four dialogues, Trump seems to recognize that China may be the key to fulfilling his campaign slogan “Make America great again” and his “America First” policy. The two countries have established a mechanism to address the chronic trade-deficit issue, the US agreeing to sell high-technology products to and buy cooked chicken from China. They have reached agreements...
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