Trump v. China, Round 1: The Art of The Deal v. The Art of War

According to Sun Tzu’s The Art of War, the five dangerous faults which may affect a general include the following: 1.) Recklessness, which leads to destruction; 2.) a hasty temper,…

Trump’s “Raping Us” Comment Keeps China in the Crosshairs

“We can’t continue to allow China to rape our country.  That’s what they’re doing. It’s the greatest theft in the history of the world.”  For anyone who thought Donald Trump…

Could China Push the US into Recession?

China is a concern, but not reason to panic   It seems like every time the Chinese stock market takes a big drop, so does ours.  When China reports particularly…

Three reasons we don’t need to fear China

And one reason to be a little worried     Given events between China and the US over the last year, including showdowns over the South China Sea, cyber space,…

Can Trump Really “Win” Against China

Donald Trump has been saying that China is “killing” the US and, if he’s president, we will “win” against China.  Can The Donald actually do what he claims?  Can he “win” against China?  I would say the answer is “yes and no,” and depends to a large degree on how you define “win.”

Why (Some) Conservatives Are Wrong About China

A bit of perspective helps correct misperceptions     Let me begin by saying I am a conservative.  So the comments below are not meant to be disparaging of those…

A Realistic Assessment of Human Rights in China

One hundred years after American Civil War, segregation was alive and well in the South. Given that China is only 35 years removed from the era of totalitarian communism, is…

Why Conservatives Are Wrong About China

A bit of perspective helps correct misperceptions   Let me begin by saying I am a conservative. So the comments below are not meant to be disparaging of those with…

Why Donald Trump is mostly wrong about China

If the Chinese weren’t paying attention to the US presidential campaign before, they are now. On August 11 China allowed its currency to devalue by roughly 2% and Donald Trump went ballistic, assailing China for economic misdeeds far and wide with characteristically bombastic style.

Why China won’t start a currency war

Some said China’s small currency devaluation on August 11 would lead to a currency war.  It hasn’t happened yet as China has not allowed the RMB to fall much below the level that was reached on the day of the devaluation.  The fact is there is more reason for China to support the RMB than to let it depreciate.  Here’s why that is the case.