President Trump Drops $200 Billion M.O.A.T on Red Dragon (Beijing)…

When you plant your tree in another man’s orchard, you might end up paying for your own apples; it’s a risk you take…

….and President Trump knows how to use that leverage better than anyone could possibly fathom; because in this metaphor Beijing relies upon the U.S. for both the seeds and the harvest.  President Trump drops the $200b M.O.A.T (Mother of All Tariffs):

White House – On Friday, I announced plans for tariffs on $50 billion worth of imports from China. These tariffs are being imposed to encourage China to change the unfair practices identified in the Section 301 action with respect to technology and innovation. They also serve as an initial step toward bringing balance to our trade relationship with China.

However and unfortunately, China has determined that it will raise tariffs on $50 billion worth of United States exports. China apparently has no intention of changing its unfair practices related to the acquisition of American intellectual property and technology. Rather than altering those practices, it is now threatening United States companies, workers, and farmers who have done nothing wrong.

This latest action by China clearly indicates its determination to keep the United States at a permanent and unfair disadvantage, which is reflected in our massive $376 billion trade imbalance in goods. This is unacceptable. Further action must be taken to encourage China to change its unfair practices, open its market to United States goods, and accept a more balanced trade relationship with the United States.

Therefore, today, I directed the United States Trade Representative to identify $200 billion worth of Chinese goods for additional tariffs at a rate of 10 percent. After the legal process is complete, these tariffs will go into effect if China refuses to change its practices, and also if it insists on going forward with the new tariffs that it has recently announced. If China increases its tariffs yet again, we will meet that action by pursuing additional tariffs on another $200 billion of goods. The trade relationship between the United States and China must be much more equitable.

I have an excellent relationship with President Xi, and we will continue working together on many issues. But the United States will no longer be taken advantage of on trade by China and other countries in the world.

We will continue using all available tools to create a better and fairer trading system for all Americans.

~ President Donald Trump

Historic Chinese geopolitical policy, vis-a-vis their totalitarian control over political sentiment (action) and diplomacy through silence, is evident in the strategic use of the space between carefully chosen words, not just the words themselves.

Each time China takes aggressive action (red dragon) China projects a panda face through silence and non-response to opinion of that action;…. and the action continues. The red dragon has a tendency to say one necessary thing publicly, while manipulating another necessary thing privately.  The Art of War.

President Trump is the first U.S. President to understand how the red dragon hides behind the panda mask.

It is specifically because he understands that Panda is a mask that President Trump messages warmth toward the Chinese people, and pours vociferous praise upon Xi Jinping, while simultaneously confronting the geopolitical doctrine of the Xi regime.

In essence Trump is mirroring the behavior of China while confronting their economic duplicity.

President Trump will not back down from his position; the U.S. holds all of the leverage and the issue must be addressed.  President Trump has waiting three decades for this moment.  This President and his team are entirely prepared for this.

We are finally confronting the geopolitical Red Dragon, China!

The Olive branch and arrows denote the power of peace and war. The symbol in any figure’s right hand has more significance than one in its left hand. Also important is the direction faced by the symbols central figure. The emphasis on the eagles stare signifies the preferred disposition. An eagle holding an arrow also symbolizes the war for freedom, and its use is commonly referred to the liberation fight of righteous people from abusive influence. The eagle on the original seal created for the Office of the President showed the gaze upon the arrows.

The Eagle and the Arrow – An Aesop’s Fable

An Eagle was soaring through the air. Suddenly it heard the whizz of an Arrow, and felt the dart pierce its breast. Slowly it fluttered down to earth. Its lifeblood pouring out. Looking at the Arrow with which it had been shot, the Eagle realized that the deadly shaft had been feathered with one of its own plumes.

Moral: We often give our enemies the means for our own destruction.

“Markets”

 

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407 Responses to President Trump Drops $200 Billion M.O.A.T on Red Dragon (Beijing)…

  1. Ken Maritch says:

    Could this be the play?
    Trump uses tariffs against China to force trade to US through NoKo.

    Imagine if in conjunction with tariffs on CN, Trump opened trade with NoKo under the condition of unilateral, verifiable “de-nuke.”

    Then Trump “allows” CN to trade through NoKo into the US market.

    This would provide multiple benefits.
    This would allow CN non-tariffed entry into the US market (recovering some of the trade lost through the tariffs on direct trade.)

    NoKo would benefit as they would be able to quickly start trading with the US (as i don’t believe they have the infrastructure in place for international trade at this time.

    The NoKo people would benefit from the influx of money into their country.

    The US would benefit as I assume that NoKo’s labor costs are a fraction of others (Mexico.)… allowing lower priced good to make its way to US consumers.

    If NoKo attempts to restart their nuke program, Trump could shut off the valve… this would force CN to encourage NoKo to get back in line.

    As Sundance says… there are trillions at stake.

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    • Bud Klatsch says:

      Emmm, one theory, but the fact is that for decades we have allowed cheap 3rd world trades that have taken our jobs and industry. NK would do the same with ChiComs help. No thanks.

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      • AH_C says:

        I think it could work in a limited Marshall Plan for NoKo.

        Purpose is to bring them up from dead last to an economical place more equitable to South Korea’s economy. Just think of it if the combined Korea’s GDP was double South Korea’s, bring them to 3 trillion per year? It would put them in the top five. And as NoKo’s economy grew, (correspondingly, the cost of labor would rise rapidly) we ease off the pass-thru as NK takes on more manufacturing for themselves. Remember, Trump’s idea of fair trade is no tariffs and no subsidies.

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        • USTerminator says:

          Let SK, Japan do the Marshall’s plan for NK. No free money for NK.

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          • Mr. T. says:

            Exactly….No Free Money For NK. No Marshall Plan, no filtering of goods from China through NK. Amazing how fast people have forgotten what countries have done to us that we helped to rebuild. Germany and Japan made it tough for us to export our products into those countries. We don’t need a repeat of that with NK.

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            • Me says:

              “Japan made it tough for us to export our products into those countries. We don’t need a repeat of that with NK.”
              No not correct. Also the Korean war helped to light a fire under the Japanese economy. Nice how another war helped out in the nick of time.

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              • Mr. T. says:

                Me, you need to look at the trade deficits between the US and Japan. There was a reason why quotas were placed on imports from there years ago, many of which were mistakenly ended by President Reagan.

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          • AH_C says:

            Agreed. No free money from US. Doesn’t mean we can’t give a grace period for them to get up and running, vis a vis tariffs. Give and take.

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          • grlangworth says:

            DPRK has to be rebuilt as an economy rather than a slave labor resource. This is best attacked as an entrepreneurial endeavour, rather than via a government brokerage trick.

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      • customdesigned says:

        Cheap 3rd world labor doesn’t stay cheap (or 3rd world). That is the “trouble” with capitalist “exploitation”. E.g. labor from India is now fairly expensive. If people jump at making $1/day because it’s better than what they had, why would you try to stop them? When you try to control labor prices with something insane like a minimum wage, you get a few higher paid people, and lots of unemployed people. A 3rd world country has no tax funded “safety net” for those unemployed to fall back on.

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    • interkludge says:

      I think that would be a bad idea if the end game is Korean unification. Right now NK doesn’t really *have* a manufacturing/trade economy to speak of. China would be perfectly happy to pour manufacturing and trade investment into NK, as a means of re-asserting control over NK economically (as opposed to military control over NK, which Trump seems to have somehow weakened.)

      I would much rather see South Korean investment in North Korea; mixing those two economies would logically lead towards reunification. Chinese investment in NK would hinder it.

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    • Interesting “scenario” until we look at the ALTERNATIVES and undesirable CONSEQUENCES:

      ALTERNATIVE already in place:
      • Keep the heavy sanctions on until NK COMPLETES denuclearization – verifiably and irreversibly – with the threat of MAXIMUM sanctions in the event of any hiccups in the process.
      • SK, Japan and China pay for the “Marshall Plan” by investing in NK Industry.
      • NK builds its own economy by drawing on its own assets, beginning with Infrastructure and Mining.

      CONSEQUENCES with negative effects for America:
      • Undermines President Trump’s urgent initiative to rebuild America’s steel, aluminum and automotive industries for National Defense.
      • Undermines America’s economic renaissance and job creation, which are rapidly reducing welfare and unemployment rolls – reversing their costs and growing our tax base – by sustaining cheap-labor imports that sustain or grow our Trade Deficits rather than eliminating those Deficits to reinvest in America.

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      • Mr. T. says:

        BlackKnightRides, are you for real? Japan working with SK to invest in NK? Get your history book out. Turn to the chapter covering the Japanese occupation of Korea, and what horrible things they did to the Koreans when they occupied it. There is still much animosity between them today because of the brutality of the Japanese and it’s not easily forgotten. The South Koreans actually look forward to reunifying with the people in the north. The sooner the north is absorbed into the south, the better it will be for all concerned. China needs to be kept out of the mix and I believe they will be. Much of the outdated military hardware junk that NK has today, is from Russia, not China. Russia has had a very strong influence within NK since the end of WWII. They even provided some of their military pilots to fly combat missions for the north during the Korean War. The sooner SK reunifies with NK the better. China never cared about NK. They only wanted NK to use as puppets to manipulate against the USA.

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    • noswamp says:

      Ken Maratch,
      This is what is happening now via Mexico and Canada that has resulted in loss of factories in the US. If they gave us full unfettered access to their markets, then maybe, but as of now, its impossible to do business in China without them assigning 50percent “partners” whose mission is to steal your IP and your ideas blind, then break up with you after a few years so they could make 100 percent profit instead of just 50 percent.

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      • Mr. T. says:

        There are companies in China, many of whom have offices in Hong Kong, who will wine you and dine you as they say, put you up in 5 star hotels, even furnish you with high priced call girls at their expense, in the hopes that you will send your manufacturing business to them. After agreeing to a contract, built into the price for the goods that U.S citizens will pay, is the kickback money being paid to the heads of those corporations that sold us out while they line their own pockets. Of course, they have to be careful as that graft can’t be paid out with checks or deposited in a US bank account. Even the Swiss aren’t offering the protection they used to for US depositors. But, there are still creative ways to move the money. A few years down the road and the head of the Chinese manufacturing firm will tell the corporate big shots they will not be receiving anymore kickback money. They don’t need you anymore. Not only do those Chinese companies have contracts with those US companies, they also have your tooling, dies, molds, blueprints, plans, or whatever else they need to manufacturer your products. Good luck trying to break the contracts because if you do, you will NOT be getting that tooling, dies, molds, blueprints or plans back. They may even use your tooling, dies, molds, blueprints and plans to manufacture goods for sale in other parts of the world and you get NOTHING in return. President Trump understands this 110%. He’s right. They lure you in, steal your IP, then use it to enrichen themselves and the Chinese government just turns a blind eye to it. Occasionally, when a US company complains, especially the companies whose products were reversed engineered and them manufactured without a license or royalty being paid, then the Chinese government might put on a dog and pony show, where they will send in the troops to raid a factory, but that’s the exception, not the rule.

        True Story. A smaller US tire company sent their tire molds to China. They would have tires manufactured in big lots when needed. During the time that the molds were sitting idle, that Chinese company decided to do a run of tires using that US tire company’s molds. The tires made illegally, also had the US Tire Company’s name on them. That Chinese company then sold those tires to US black market brokers, fudged the US Customs paperwork, got them into the USA, making sure they were sold to dealers not in the US Tire company’s dealer network, while at the same time, many of the dealers buying those tires were unaware that they are buying illegal knockoffs. It all begins to unwind for the unsuspecting dealers when warranty problems arise. The US Tire Company finds out through warranty claims, that there are knockoff tires floating around the US with their name on them. The manufacturing code/date on the knockoff tires doesn’t correspond with any orders the US Tire Company placed with their manufacturer in China. Lawsuits against the tire manufacturer begin to pile up. The US Tire company is released of liability in court because they can prove they didn’t authorize or import the tires with defects. The unsuspecting dealers are the ones who get stuck with the bogus goods. In many cases, the US Tire Company, working through their lawyers with the help of US Customs and the US Marshal’s Service, legally confiscate and destroy many of those knockoff tires. Dealer gets NOTHING in return, except they are hit with credit card chargebacks, legal fees, and possible loss of their business insurance for the lawsuits that arose because of those illegal and defective tires, some of which may have even resulted in loss of life.

        China does not and never will play by the rules. Only way to beat them at their own game, is by playing their game but changing the rules, which is exactly what President Trump is doing. The Chinese government has been laying off workers. It was planned and they are releasing several million of them spread out over several years. If China’s financial health weakens, millions of people will be struggling just to find their next meal. Should that happen, it’s quite possible there could be a revolt against their own government and China knows this. By continually manipulating the value of their Yuan, as well as to keep stealing our IP rights and flooding the US market with cheap Chinese manufactured goods, they are hoping to hold onto their dominance. Hopefully President Trump will put an end to it but it’s not going to be easy and it isn’t going to happen overnight.

        You should also keep in mind, that many companies who sent their tooling, dies, molds, blueprints and plans to China, are hard pressed to bring those items back so they can manufacture goods here in the US. Many of them could bring the manufacturing back, but they are going to have to spend lots of money for new equipment. In the mean time, Chinese companies, still in possession of that tooling, dies, molds, blueprints and plans, will continue to manufacture goods with them and sell them elsewhere, all the while laughing at those executives who thought they were so smart, who actually caused great harm to the companies and shareholders whose interests they were supposed to be protecting. If you were wondering why so many corporate big shots are working so hard to keep the manufacturing in China, well, you now have better insight as to why.

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        • Excellent post, Mr. T.

          Prediction: President Trump will force the Chinese to return the tooling just like NK is returning our hero bodies.

          As for the IP, the companies who let China under the hood will have to go through hell to get any value back for it.

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    • So, in other words another form of NAFTA? No, thanks!

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    • Deb says:

      We don’t need to rebuild them at he same level we did for Europe. Simply relaxing the sanctions and “normalizing” relations so they can feed their people would work wonders. Japan and Korea have already said they will pay for denuclearization. It’s up to NOKO if they want the carrot or the stick.

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  2. paulraven1 says:

    Watch for following meme from MSM: Trump is risking collapse of NoKo progress and nuclear war because of bellicose, prideful position on trade (this, after deriding the NoKo summit as meaningless showboating). Trump is jeopardizing world peace. Everything that happens in the world now is simply fodder for that day’s anti-Trump narrative — zero historical context or memory, zero deep analysis, zero actual journalism. It’s like living in a raging kindergarten.

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  3. wolfmoon1776 says:

    Trump can’t be scared like the Kasich rabbit. China can tit-for-tat us to the complete trade closure that DESTROYS THEIR MILITARY.

    Ummm……. OK. Sounds GOOD TO ME! 😎

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    • Dave Radetsky says:

      I’m not sure I’m understanding what you’re saying, but if I am and it’s that if China tries to compete with us on trade since we have a much larger economy and stronger trade and they are dependent on us, it would only lead to them destroying their military because of the devastation we could cause to their military.

      If I’m close on that being the correct understanding, then I would say that the one thing we have to be aware of is that they will not allow that to happen without a fight, and I don’t mean a trade fight. If they feel too cornered their action would be to attack militarily. And they do have a very strong military with very good technology (thanks to the Democrats giving so much to them) that can take ours on. WIth a military that dwarfs ours, they can throw a lot of lives at us before running out. Part of their plan that was revealed a few years ago regarding attacking America included just throwing bodies at us because they had such an abundance of soldiers due to their high population. That is something the president will also be dealing with when considering our actions.

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      • Rhoda R says:

        The ‘cannon fodder’ tactic is no where near as effective these days as it was in days of yore. We have more to worry about with the military technology they’ve stolen from us than their raw numbers.

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      • Tuduri says:

        I can understand how they might want to employ military means in reaction to our tariffs, but it is more likely that they might do something like closing off the South China Sea to the US and other countries, hoping to suck our Navy into intervening. Then China might try to employ their anti-access military technology to sink one or two aircraft carriers and expect us to ‘cry uncle’.

        Yes, there is the argument that ‘they have more soldiers’ and will just ‘throw more bodies at us’. But how will they get those bodies over here? Troop ships? Not likely. What is more likely and logical is that China may want to provoke Noko to attack our troops in South Korea and then they would back up Noko with their own troops, using the Nokos as cannon fodder before introducing their own people.

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        • wolfmoon1776 says:

          Trump knows that China fears us using THEIR CHOSEN WEAPON – economics. And Trump is REALLY GOOD with that weapon.

          Let’s say China sank one of our carriers. A fool would mount a big retaliatory military action.

          How do you REALLY get revenge on China?

          Peace.

          Go on DEFENSE with the military, in ways that the ChiComs regret for centuries, and NUKE TRADE.

          I would cut off all trade with them until they gave us 1000X reparations, including $1B per dead sailor, and the cost of 5 new carriers on top of that.

          CASH.

          Chinese love money. They FEAR losing it.

          ChiComs don’t care about their cannon fodder citizens. They care about their wealth.

          TAKE THEIR MONEY AND THEY’LL WISH THEY WERE DEAD.

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      • wolfmoon1776 says:

        Sorry if I’m not clear.

        What I’m saying is that the ChiComs can’t build their military without “somebody else’s money”, and that somebody is us. Their trade trickery allows them to get us to subsidize their military. A level of “fair trade” takes away their advantage. “No trade” would ruin them, and not allow their military to grow at a winning rate, unless somebody else became the chump (most likely Europe).

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  4. Kaiser Derden says:

    most people treat a negotiation as a fight i.e. adversarial … Trump treats it as a dance … with neither party leading and both making their own moves …

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  5. simplewins says:

    OIL is down. The barrel price has dropped $9 since last week and gas prices have dropped about 10% with it. Which is great.

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  6. repsort says:

    Bravo, PJDT, VSG!

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  7. Kaiser Derden says:

    we don’t buy food or gas from China … everything else is non essential and can be bought from other sources (yes at a slightly higher price) … with 3-4% growth am pretty sure US consumers won’t even notice this “trade war” with China …

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    • Shirley Goodwin says:

      A little naive, isn’t it, to assume that all Americans can easily handle price increases. Some of us lost everything, even our retirement funds, under Obama. Many Americans are still recovering and are very sensitive to any expenses at all.

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      • Conservativeinny says:

        Shirley, I’m with you. Too many of us lost everything. For me, my house is underwater, I’ve had no raise in years and everything else has gone up. Gas in my area of NY where there is no public transportation is hovering between 2.99 and 3.07 per gal for 87. With the tax cut I am trying to pay of medical bills from my youngest before Nov. the raise in gas has cut into that a bit but before that they were going to have to go to collections. At least now I may pay them off.

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      • Bendix says:

        Amy Dacyczyn’s books are still available. She went counter to the culture of spend spend spend, buy buy buy (on credit) during one of our previous financial bubbles.
        I am not being flippant. Been there, done that personally, when it comes to having to watch the pennies.
        During the Great Depression, the way my grandparents managed, was to avoid any spending or buying, outside of the barest necessities, at all.
        That was Amy’s view, too. She would become very frustrated with ‘money saving tips’ which were actually about spending, not saving.
        BTW, I have found that when you don’t have something like a toaster or TV set, there is always someone willing to give you their old one.
        http://thefamilyceoblog.com/2011/08/what-ever-happened-to-amy-dacyzyn-of-the-tightwad-gazette/

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  8. Kokanee says:

    POTUS Trump’s timing is perfect. While the press and democrats are fixated on the children on the border POTUS drops a M.O.A.T on China. Do they abandon the children to focus on trade? CoC’s heads expoding!

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  9. David says:

    China has been mercantilist for centuries. China refusing to buy foreign goods and draining all the silver out of Europe was the cause of the Opium Wars of the 1840s and 1850s.
    Unbalanced trade with China is not a new problem.

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  10. Nightstand says:

    It is probably to early to see if the tariffs on China are working, but China doesn’t seem to be bothered about it at the moment. They have not reduced their tariffs on our goods yet. How long do you think we need to wait before we see them give in? A month , 6 months or longer?

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    • The posture needs to be that it will take as long as it takes and that it is the best course. Talk about how long shows weakness & that makes it less likely that we will carry the day. That means the Chinese win and hollow out our Nation.

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      • Jim Ryan says:

        I think your post defines what the Chinese will look at when evaluating any changes to their response. Corporations planning to exit Chinese partnerships will also play a role. When public response and corporate response to the tariffs show a growing concern over the viability of the Chinese trade positions, they will look for a way to back down and save face. I believe that laying the blame at the feet of North Korea will then be their public position on the trade war. What happens if Trump isolates NoKo before that time?

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        • Interesting. I’m not sure President Trump will allow the blame for China’s multi year trade policies and abuses to be laid at NoK feet. One of POTUS winning strategies is assigning blame and blaming NoK would be inaccurate & dishonest.

          I agree with others that China may save face by getting involved in trade with America through NoK.

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    • Deb says:

      It’s a war of attrition. The problem with communists, they think their population is expendable. Causing their population pain doesn’t phase them. We need to be willing to pay higher prices and persevere long enough for the communists who run their country to feel the pain. We’ll find out just how much of a paper tiger China really is.

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  11. jbrickley says:

    China has just verbally responded but has not taken any steps yet. They say they are not afraid of a trade war; reality check, they should be. Trump has much more leverage if they don’t come to the table and reset fair trade balances. Trump is not going to blink, they match the $200B and he will initiate another $200B and if that doesn’t work, further measures will be taken. Additional percentages or new lateral trade agreements with OTC (Other Than China). A potential embargo is a nuke.

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    • President Trump is our MAGA Trade Mechanic with a RATCHET WRENCH.

      Every single ratchet:
      • Cuts the Trade Deficit
      • Grows Domestic Production
      • Reaps Tariff Revenue

      … At the expense of China’s Military Expansion and Workforce Employment.
      … Reminding the populace of the folly of putting President Xi in place as Dictator for Life.

      Ratchet away, Mr. President!

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    • wildsailor2018 says:

      Remember, when a trading partner BANS almost everything YOU make and want to import or force you to partner with a company inside their country to make it for you in their market you already have a TRADE WAR. We are just now coming to the field is all.

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  12. True Treeper says:

    “Trump is not going to blink”…

    Again so many of the “experts” have underestimated PDJT. You’d think they’d have learned by now.

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  13. thedoc00 says:

    Sundance be sure to also keep front and center as part of your editorializing, the President is also working the Technology IP theft issue as well.

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  14. Nightstand says:

    So all these “experts ” still won’t say that so far China has not blinked, they have not reduced their tariffs. That’s the bottom line for now.

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  15. Troublemaker10 says:

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  16. Nightstand says:

    Have we under estimated the Chinese leader? So far he has not budged on removing tariffs on US goods and we are acting as if he has and Trump is winning! If China does not give in and remove their tariffs, which they have NOT done, how is that winning? Same thing holds true for Canada and Mexico. Right now they are winning, not us.

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    • Sentient says:

      China only buys ~$170B in products from the US. That’s why Trump is enacting tariffs on $200B of Chinese goods – because they can’t respond in like measure. Don’t worry. Headlines are about US stocks crashing, but the Dow is only down 350 and the yield on the 10 Year only dropped .04%. Don’t listen to the Chicken Littles.

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    • Trust me, we are winning! Not only will the US Treasury be getting $20B in tariffs, but we buy $376B more of their goods than they buy of ours. That means they would have to import more American goods just to be able to match us tariff for tariff, which they cannot do. That means they will eventually run out of road in this “trade war”.

      Remember, -$376B, the only way to lose this war is to not fight it. #MoreWinning 😀

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  17. Major Rage says:

    Trump could not have unsheathed the sword of global trade war at a better time. BREXIT and Islam are disupting the EU. NAFTA has a gun to its head. Latin America is imploding from its own corruption. The Middle East and Russia are fighting to see who go’s broke last. With his artful demonstration of power and purpose at Singapore, Trump has underscored his intent to change North Korea – at China’s expense, if necessary.

    In short, everyone, most especially China, is vulnerable. Trump would have a field day working all of the various players against each other. The President is in position to weave an epic tale about reversal of fortunes that our great-grandchildren will be reading in the history books. We certainly live in interesting times!

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  18. The longer this “Trade Dispute with China” devolves …
    • The more Chinese manufacturers’ goods have to flood into other countries’ markets
    • The sooner those countries have to raise tariffs to protect their own manufacturers
    • The further Chinese exporters must cut prices to compensate
    • The higher receiving countries will raise their tariffs
    • The more goods they apply tariffs to
    • The quicker buyers of Chinese exports will source from other countries
    • The sooner buyers incur higher prices
    • The sooner that importing countries build DOMESTIC capacity
    • The faster Chinese manufacturers lose export markets altogether
    • The sooner Chinese Workers will lose their jobs
    • The more Chinese Factories close their doors
    • The faster the number of jobless Chinese Workers grows
    • The more China’s over-leveraged banks feel the stress
    • The more China’s banks need higher interest rates to cover their losses
    • The less China’s businesses can afford investment
    • The more China needs to bail out those losses
    • The faster China’s currency gets devalued
    • The sooner importing Countries impose quotas and sanctions on China

    The faster that TENS of MILLIONS of CHINESE will RISE against GOVERNMENT

    Message to President Trump:
    KEEP.UP.the.GREAT.WORK

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    • Nightstand says:

      Let us all go out this week and buy as many Chinese goods as we can and stock pile what we think we will need before they go up. It may take years before President Trump can fix this. But then there is always Mexico and no wall ! We need more South American children. Print more money , that’s the answer.

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    • Nightstand says:

      Oh that’s not a problem , China’s Government will just kill a few million and that will be the end of that thought. They will jump back in line.

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      • Flip, but pointless: The Chinese government can never again massacre their people and expect foreign countries to import Chinese products … once our VSG President Trump reframed international relationships based on mutual defense, energy and trade that’s free, fair and RECIPROCAL.

        Cheatin China is facing failure and rejection unless they change DRAMATICALLY, VERIFIABLY and IRREVOCABLY.

        Haven’t we heard those words somewhere else recently? 😉

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  19. Nightstand says:

    China vulnerable? Not at all, they are expanding everywhere. They are hanging tough on their tariffs on our goods and so are Canada and Mexico. At the moment China is winning and China is happy for you to think that the U.S. Is winning. They are indeed laughing.

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  20. jmclever says:

    I LOVE MY PRESIDENT!

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  21. lou says:

    I think Trump told Kim I’m going to put Tariffs on China and I will begin trading with you if you get rid of the Nukes. Your country will prosper and you will have more money in your pocket. Meeting Kim was step 1 putting tariffs on China step 2 who knows what step 3 is but Im assuming Trump knows what he’s doing

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  22. sundance says:

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    • Roger Duroid says:

      Andrea mitchell is a hag, way past her expiration date. If not the wife of greenspan, she’d be running a brassiere store in Brooklyn.

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  23. Anon says:

    Maybe the endgame is the collapse of China’s government?

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  24. noswamp says:

    “Have we under estimated the Chinese leader? So far he has not budged on removing tariffs on US goods and we are acting as if he has and Trump is winning! If China does not give in and remove their tariffs, which they have NOT done, how is that winning? Same thing holds true for Canada and Mexico. Right now they are winning, not us.”

    They started the trade war. Trump will finish it. Jobs are leaving Canada, investors to NAFTA are on the sidelines and not investing in Mexico or Canada because they know Trump is done with NAFTA, China still wants to play games, but since we do not export hardly anything to them, they truly do not affect us. Our tariffs on their products affects them far more than us. Keep up the good work POTUS.

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    • Nightstand says:

      I like Trumps plan better than the path we have walked the past 35 years. Republican and Democrats have all but distroyed our economy ,leaving a lot of us frustrated and distrustful of our Governments leaders that got us into this position in the first place.

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  25. dufrst says:

    Tariffs actually lowering commodity prices domestically? I believe Sundance talked about this….

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    • From the article, CNBC says:

      “More than half of U.S. soybeans go to China, the world’s largest consumer of the beans.”

      However, here’s the numbers from the USDA

      US soybean production (2015): 3,929 million bushels
      US soybean exports to China (2015): 1,085 million bushels
      US soybean exports total (2015): 1,940 million bushels

      What CNBC fails to tell their readers is that the “more than half” of US soybeans they quote only applies to exported soybeans, not total soybeans as they imply. In reality, exports to China account for only a quarter of total US soybeans.

      Pretty minor but it’s kind of fun pointing out the sensationalization of the news in live action. 🙂

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      • Maquis says:

        Those other countries buying soybeans can likely take up any slack due to Chinese reductions. China may very well regret letting that happen, as producers having expanded trade with more reliable non-world-domination-bent partners would be reluctant to accomodate China’s “change of heart.”

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  26. treehouseron says:

    To those saying we’re going to collapse China, etc. that’s not what he’s trying to do. He’s trying to recapture our manufacturing base here in America. China can take care of themselves.

    This is why he wants to cut a deal with ZTE. His goal isn’t to necessarily make the Chinese unemployed, his goal is to get a level playing field. With a level playing field, they will have the advantage of cheap labor, but we will have the advantage of educated labor, better quality, and better location (don’t have to ship everything around the world). He’s trying to set up a situation… similar to the situation the U.S. enjoyed 100 years ago, where the best goods in the world are made right here in America using our educated workforce.

    If ZTE wants to pay a huge fine and stop ripping us off, of course they can open back up. This is also leverage against Xi flipping out too much about the trade spat.

    The only reason any of this matters is A. it will make it more expensive to sell into China, and B. it will make it more expensive to buy from China. This is going to create a vacuum to create product HERE instead of in China… and will also create a vacuum to SELL here instead of China. Or sell other places with lower tariffs. A lot of this is agriculture stuff, which you’ll notice we just put the kabosh on importing as much from Canada, etc.

    He’s trying to make us sell and buy American.

    GOD BLESS THE HONORABLE PRESIDENT DONALD JOHN TRUMP.

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    • Well said Ron! It’s not China last, it’s America first. We’re not in this to rip them apart, we’re in this to rebuild our globalist-ravaged country.

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    • Bendix says:

      I am getting a little ticked off at the number of Americans who would rather not see manufacturing return, and men and women making a living wage for a hard day’s work, if it means the price of disposable junk from China will be out of reach.
      When I think about what my parents and grandparents did without, so we could free the world during WWII, and people are afraid they can’t run out and buy STUFF? Like what? Dishes with lead in them? If you are poor, quit buying STUFF!

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    • Nail it, Ron, Nail it!

      Gee … a vacuum to produce more in America.
      More American Jobs, Jobs, Jobs!
      USCOC now on snowflake MELT alert!

      Gee … China buys less of our soybeans.
      • They buy from Country B what Country Z would have bought.
      • So Country Z buys our soybeans instead.
      It’s a WORLD MARKET.

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  27. Mercenary says:

    I don’t think it’s a coincidence that Trump is dropping these tariffs just as this “border crisis” is heating up. And clearly it’s related to the market drop.

    It’s very smart of Trump. He’s forcing the media to choose what to cover. $200 billion in tariffs is a huge move, no matter how you cut it. But the media is going to go with the border story. They will even be forced to devote some resources and page-space to China, which will divide their attention.

    I can’t imagine Trump planned it this way, but perhaps he was waiting for the right time to drop the tariffs. Smart play, as usual, from this President.

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    • treehouseron says:

      His timing is amazing, it’s like he works on different time than other people. I heard some folks speculating about this over a year ago. Hear me out.

      Most people think of time as linear, but in reality some time is cyclical, like the day cycle, the moon cycle, the cycle of a year, etc.

      President Trump likely thinks of time a little differently than most people do, and this allows him to use it differently. I know that sounds crazy, but think about this…

      If you’re in a Rock Concert, time flies. It seems like 3 hours passes in a blink of an eye.
      If you’re at a funeral, it seems like time drags! 3 hours seems like an eternity.

      Einstein’s theory of special relativity basically said that time speeds up or slows down, relative to the viewer! If you’re moving 100 miles an hour, the telephone poles fly by… if you’re walking at 3 miles an hour, they casually stroll by.

      President Trump is manipulating the time around him at certain moments, and I think he’s doing it as a reflex, he doesn’t even have to think about it.

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      • Mercenary says:

        I think his thinking is, if the media is going to go nuts over this story, let me do some REAL crazy sh*t since they’re going to go nuts anyways. What are they gonna do? If they switch topics, he wins. If they stay on topic and ignore his other actions, he wins. Heat is nothing to Trump, he simply cranks it up even higher.

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        • BINGO:
          “Heat is nothing to Trump, he simply cranks it up even higher.”

          President Trump thrives on MULTIPLYING CHAOS around him.
          It multiplies his options for LEVERAGE.
          NO ONE can leverage CHAOS for the WIN like Trump.
          For a VSG President, CHAOS is a KICK!

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  28. treehouseron says:

    BTW, if we had a decent businessman running Canada up north, he’d be on the phone right now with the President saying “President Trump, Screw China. I wanna know if we can drop all these tariffs and make everything level, and reciprocal, and sign a 0% tariff deal with the U.S. ? Canada wants to be the U.S.A.’s number 1 trading partner!”

    So much opportunity missed by all of these globalists.

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  29. Bendix says:

    One of the things that really used to burn me, long before we had Trump, was that in any discussion of the manufacture of cheap goods from China, and the loss of American jobs, you could count on voluntary trolls passing along globalist propaganda.
    No, we consumers didn’t do this to ourselves, because we didn’t want to pay the cost of a quality hammer, made in America.
    I personally have never met anyone who actually wanted a hammer, who balked at the sticker price, and then decided to go with the cheap one that breaks after one or two uses.
    All the useless Republicans, most of whom don’t know how to use a hammer, could say was idiocy like “robots”.
    Thank God we have a worldly, very intelligent, patriotic man in charge.
    BTW, I think that not only was Obama not smart enough himself to grasp these issues, he didn’t have anyone around him who understood these things either.
    Hillary had to resort to telling potential voters that she was going to put her husband in charge of taking care of those who were “left out” of Obama’s wonderful recovery. I think Hillary and Barack together may have been as smart as Bill, but who needed her if she didn’t have the smarts herself, when we could start fresh with a new man who hadn’t put the American people through decades of hell?
    This is such a big deal. Just think, most younger Americans cannot even grasp how big a deal it is.

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    • treehouseron says:

      Abso-Friekin’-Lutely. It’s kind of the opposite of what they say. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been doing some project with my brothers, and we need a hammer, and somebody says “Don’t use that cheap one, I’ve got an Estwing around here somewhere! Where’s that one? There it is, give me that one!”

      When you go buy another Estwing or whatever, imagine the disappointment when you figure out it’s made in China now, or this is cheaper than it used to be, or whatever.

      Estwing is still made in America, but just using them as an example. It’s the opposite of what the globalists say. People are proud of quality stuff made in America.

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  30. mikedmccoy says:

    President Trump has called China’s bluff and the Chinese have no choice but to lick their wounds on the tariff issue. China has an enormous population advantage but the distribution of their newfound wealth is much worse than ours. President Xi has declared himself en equal to Chairman Mao but he’s not nearly as savvy.

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  31. tonyE says:

    Well, I guess my bonus won’t be so good since we do a lot of our trade with China…

    OTOH, my pay raise better be good because I’m getting phone calls…

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  32. trialbytruth says:

    Listened to ten minutes of Beck touting the COC line. The dangers.of trade.wars and how much more expensive crap will.cost at Wal-Mart. He said Congress sshoud vote on this. Gloom.despair and all that. My guess is he followed with a buy gold commercial.

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    • treehouseron says:

      These guys like Beck are the friekin’ worst. They spout this crap that they honestly know nothing about, it’s just what they read and they believe it 100%, or worse they’re paid off to say it.

      “Trade wars are always a tax on the consumer!!!”

      Well Beck, we haven’t had one in a good while so screw you we’re going to try it differently this time with a President with the BALLS to make it work.

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      • trialbytruth says:

        Yep

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      • Bendix says:

        Like he knows.

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      • Deb says:

        I’m already being taxed, I can’t buy appliances that last more than a few years. The clothing I buy at the local store that used to last a few years only lasts one season. I’ve gone through 4 toasters in the last 5 years.

        I’m tired of cheap crap from China, and so is my pocketbook.

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      • Nightstand says:

        Yes, I don’t think Beck knows anything about trade tariffs. If he did he wouldn’t say that America can’t win. Of course we win , look at the math, China pays us 200 billion, we pay them 30 billion. That’s winning. ” we can’t lose with the stuff Trump use”

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  33. I have been waiting a LONG time to see a US President take a stand for the manufacturing of this country, having spent the last 4-5 years making a dedicated effort to buy things Made in the USA and to encourage others to do so to. (I know I’ve posted my site here before, but if this has anyone thinking they want to start buying American, here it is: http://www.americanretailusa.com)

    Honestly, I just can’t explain how happy all of this makes me. To know my efforts have not been wasted, that my President is also fighting for America… it truly warms my heart. America is back baby! #MoreWinning 😀

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  34. thedoc00 says:

    The Chinese Government is going to turn every form of negotiation into a “Trade War”. Currently this has the potential of working every time as long as President had to contend with the Chinese Government as well as 99% of the Media and Wall Street supported by their lackeys in congress.

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    • thedoc00 says:

      It is notable that only Charles Payne and Stewart Varney have covered the pain being suffered by the Chinese Government and that the “Trade War” has not done any appreciable damage to the Main Street economic sectors or factors.

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    • Over the last 3 months:
      • S&P up 3%
      • Shanghai Composite DOWN 10%
      … Plummeting around 8% during June

      Who’s winning?

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    • Deb says:

      We’ve been in a trade war for 25 years, our side has been letting the commies win.

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  35. kea says:

    President Trump has waiting three decades for this moment. This President and his team are entirely prepared for this.—- Yes and this is why I fully trust in Trump. And I think he has fully factors NK into all of this. Notice the timing.

    President Xi is about to meet with NK and yet Trump drops the M.O.A.T (Mother of All Tariffs). This shows China and the world he’s not playing. Its also before a rally. So yeah I fully Trust in Trump!!! MAGA on Sir!!!!

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  36. Oldschool says:

    When it comes to China, NoKo, trade, not a doubt in my mind, Trump’s got this.

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  37. truthbomb says:

    Hang Seng Index dropped 3% today. At critical support. China will have to use a lot of reserves to plug this dam that appears about to break.

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  38. Elle says:

    Another morning, another jaw dropper, to be followed by at least one more wow/eyebrow raiser by evening. Not even close yet, but maybe, at some point, I really will get tired of all the winning.

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