By Michael Pillsbury – May 6, 2019 6:19 p.m. ET
The president’s tough line will reduce friction later by giving Beijing an incentive to comply with a trade deal.
Are prospects for a U.S.-China trade deal fading? That was the conventional interpretation of President Trump’s Sunday tweet, in which he said he’d raise tariffs from 10% to 25% on $200 billion of Chinese exports at the end of this week. Mr. Trump’s announcement shocked China’s leaders because they underestimated the strength of American hawks’ influence, just as Americans once underestimated the influence of Chinese hawks. But the president’s tough line now—heading into the final stretch of negotiations—will reduce friction later. China is less likely to cheat on any future agreement if it needs to comply to earn a reduction…
Must read @mikepillsbury “China has a clear strategic choice: establish a real accord that will lead to better growth for both nations, or continue its predatory mercantilist reliance on national champions” @HudsonInstitute https://t.co/1OzPFVwpE1— Kenneth Weinstein (@KenWeinstein) May 6, 2019