On Trade, Trump Is Turning the U.S. Into a Cheap Copy of China

President Donald Trump and Chinese leader Xi Jinping attend a welcome ceremony at the Great Hall of the People, in Beijing, China, Nov. 9, 2017 (AP photo by Andrew Harnik).
President Donald Trump and Chinese leader Xi Jinping attend a welcome ceremony at the Great Hall of the People, in Beijing, China, Nov. 9, 2017 (AP photo by Andrew Harnik).
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Reciprocity has become the watchword for the Trump administration’s increasingly confrontational approach to China, from imposing limits on the movement of Chinese diplomats and journalists within the U.S., to banning Chinese-owned social media and messaging platforms TikTok and WeChat. The immediate goal is to impose costs for Beijing’s similar restrictions on the activities of American diplomats, journalists and tech companies in China, while insulating the U.S. from the potential security risks of Chinese tech companies that officially operate in the private sector but remain in thrall to the ruling Communist Party. Beyond that, however, it is unclear what President Donald […]

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