Are the Chinese settling in for a long fight in the trade war with the US? From Pepe Escobar at atimes.com:
Trade tensions between the US and China could drag on for decades but China’s focus on its Belt and Road Initiative could provide relief
Alibaba’s Jack Ma has warned that the ongoing US-China trade war could last at least 20 years. As we’ll see, it’s actually more like 30 – up to 2049, the 100th anniversary of the foundation of the People’s Republic of China (PRC).
Steve Bannon always boasted that President Trump was bound to conduct a “sophisticated form of economic warfare” to confront China.
The logic underpinning the warfare is that if you squeeze the Chinese economy hard enough Beijing will submit and “play by the rules.”
The Trump administration plan – which is, in fact, trade deficit hawk Peter Navarro’s plan – has three basic targets:
- Displace China from the heart of global supply chains.
- Force companies to source elsewhere in the Global South all the components necessary for manufacturing their products.
- Force multinational corporations to stop doing business in China.