China does not want a solution, they want to STALL.
This could be the biggest haggling session ever. Glad we have Trump on our side.
The deal we swing with China will be the starting point for dealings with every other country on the list, so it is vital we get the best deal possible.
Open up North Korea.
The concept of “win-win” is not in the Chinese vocabulary. Hit them and hit them hard, that’s what they understand...”You Win, I Lose”.
We “need” their exports because we have an unsatiable appetite for consumer goods and the components and raw materials the now make. But just name one food items that Americans consume that comes from China...
On the other hand, they NEED what we grow in abundance to EAT! Soybeans, pork, wheat for noodles...staples of the Chinese diet.
They need our exports a lot more than we need theirs. At some cost and pain we could make what we get from them ourselves. They cannot feed their people on what they grow, Chinese agriculture is terribly inefficient and inadequate. They want to stall? Fine, we’ll keep our old iPhones a while longer and they can starve.
A comment on SCMP online:
Make American soybeans Great Again
This must be fake news, as we all know that trade wars are good and easy to win.
China will stall in order to force Trump to either give in to their demands or to watch Iowa and other states that have lots of farmers swing toward Dems in 2020. The Chinese know American electoral politics. They know that Republican Senator Joni Ernst may be concerned about her re-election efforts in Iowa and that Trump can’t afford to lose that seat.