China will not fire the first shot as it is the US that is
threatening to start a trade war against China which is trying its best
to prevent one, fully aware that it will eventually lead to a loss-loss
for both countries.
If the US weighs the consequences of a trade war and decides not to
wage one, that will be great for both countries. Therefore, it is
unnecessary for China to take action beforehand as this country has no
intention of starting a trade war.
As the world's largest and second-largest economies and markets, the
US and China have already developed close interdependent economic
relationships. But Trump’s decision to add tariffs on all Chinese
imports is meant to close the gate to all Chinese goods.
In view of this, as an import-oriented consumer country, can the US
produce and manufacture all the goods on its own? Or can it find
replacements overnight? If not, it is certainly American consumers who
will have to suffer first.
Besides, American businesses cannot afford to lose the Chinese market, which for them, is actually a long-time pursuit.
As a matter of fact, Trump’s excuse of a deficit for waging trade
wars against the world is groundless, and the so-called fair trade and
trade balance reasons he offers are just preconditions for realizing his
"America First" goal by looting the whole world.
Close US allies, like Europe and Canada, are also hit with the tariff
imposition, as well as other countries. So far America, under the Trump
administration, has withdrawn from several international organizations
and said to be thinking of withdrawing from the WTO right now, perhaps
even from the United Nations sometime soon.
So what is his real purpose to all of this? Can he really lead the US
to be great again? Not really in the long run due to the fact that
Trump is quickly losing the world and support of many people who
followed the American model that used to advocate democracy, freedom and
The American President is practicing trade terrorism right now since
he cares for nobody but the "America First" goal; he cares only for
short-term gains rather than long-term profit; he cares only about money
and by whatever means he can get it. In order to pursue America's
national interests, he is ready to sacrifice any other country’s. Only
Nazi Hitler could compare with him in this regard. But Hitler’s tragic
lesson tells us that he who plays with fire will be burned at last.
Even Trump’s support at home is increasing to a surprisingly high
level, it does not mean he is marching in the right direction since
Hitler’s policy was also supported by Germans before and during the
This means that American political system of checks and balances will
not be able to curb a crazy and Hitler-like racist politician like
The American values of democracy have been surprisingly and quickly
eroded by Trump’s isolationism and protectionism, as well as radical
As long as Trump is in power, such a trend will not be reversed,
until more and more Americans realize that it is dangerous and ready to
take action to stop him. But at present, there is no clear sign to prove
that there is another choice at all.
Trump is overdrawing American soft power and international moral
image since he is never trusting of anybody, perhaps except his family.
How can the leader of the lone superpower provide the world-leading role
it once did?
Even the American allies will be cheated, offended, and periodically
punished, let alone countries like China and Russia perceived as strong
rivals. In one word, he does not care about how to lead the world,
though he wants the world to follow him.