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.
China is responsible for 90 percent of the vitamin (C) consumed by Americans, 78 percent of the tilapia, 70 percent of the apple juice, 50 percent of the cod, 43 percent of the processed mushrooms and 23 percent of the garlic.