Monday, September 7, 2020

The U.S., China, and the New Cold Warriors — Dean Baker

On the days when he is not celebrating his friendship and trade deals with China’s president Xi Jinping, Donald Trump has sought to hype China as the United States’ major enemy in the world. This has meant not only absurd allegations about the pandemic (top Trump economic adviser Peter Navarro has claimed that China deliberately sent infected people to the U.S. to spread the virus and damage the U.S. economy), but also sanctions, tariffs, and hints of military confrontations. While much of this silliness will go away if Donald Trump is defeated, the idea that the United States is involved in an intense global rivalry with China has gained serious credence among elite types. This is both wrong and dangerous.
The economic reasons behind the new Cold War.

Beat the Press
The U.S., China, and the New Cold Warriors
Dean Baker | Co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington, D.C

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