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Wed Sep 9, 2020, 06:57 AM

'Decoupling' the U.S. from China would backfire

Opinion by David Ignatius

When John F. Kennedy ran for president in 1960, he claimed there was a dangerous “missile gap” between Russia’s arsenal and that of the United States. But once he took office in 1961, Kennedy learned that the imbalance was the opposite of what he had argued. Instead of the 200 or more Soviet intercontinental ballistic missiles that scaremongers had predicted, the Russians had just four.

Something similar may be happening now with the Trump administration’s claims that China poses a military and economic threat to the United States that’s so severe, Washington should begin “decoupling” its economic relationship with Beijing, especially in high-tech products.

President Trump amplified the China scare talk in remarks to reporters on Monday. “They’re building up a powerful military, and it’s very lucky that I’ve been building ours up because otherwise we’d be dwarfed right now by China,” he said. “If Joe Biden becomes president, China will own the United States.”

Trump called decoupling “an interesting word,” and implied he would pursue it in a second term: “Under my administration, we will make America into the manufacturing superpower of the world and we’ll end our reliance on China, once and for all, whether it’s decoupling or putting in massive tariffs.”


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aleesiazane Sep 2020 #1

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Wed Sep 9, 2020, 07:26 AM

1. Not really it would be


Well, I don't think that would be the case. I feel people are saying this stuff because of the manufacturial dependency on China. But several countries like India, Bangladesh and Vietnam could proof to be the best alternate. So, I have a strong conviction that this process wont backfire.

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