IMPORTANT – Michael Pillsbury: China Has “New Respect” For U.S. Trade Strategy…

Sad Panda increasingly frustrated as disruptor Trump heaps vociferous praise on Chairman Xi, while simultaneously out maneuvering Beijing’s geopolitical economic strategy.

China expert Michael Pillsbury discusses the current environment around the Beijing leadership with Fox host Tucker Carlson.  This is really important. WATCH:

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What Pillsbury outlines is exactly what CTH predicted last year when we shared how the Red Dragon would be caught entirely off-guard.  They’ve never seen this approach before.

NOTE: The upcoming Chinese trade delegation is not showing up at the end of this month as a matter of scheduling happenstance.  What no-one in the financial/trade/economic media is connecting is the timing of their visit with USTR Lighthizers’ Section 301 Tariff hearings –SEE HERE.  August 20th through August 27th, you can guarantee the Chinese delegations will be all over those hearings; including dispatching their paid lobbyists to provide input on their behalf.

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 Chairman 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 is putting on a MASSIVE economic squeeze.

Squeeze #1. President Trump and Treasury Secretary Mnuchin sanctioned Venezuela and cut off their access to expanded state owned oil revenue. Venezuela needs more money. China and Russia are already leveraged to the gills in Venezuela and hold 49% of Citgo as collateral for loans outstanding.  China and Russia now need to loan more, directly.

However, China cannot engage in economic commerce with Venezuela or they risk losing access to the U.S. banking system.  Therefore all current Chinese aid to Maduro comes in the form of IOUs.  These ongoing loans are likely impossible to be repaid.

Squeeze #2. China’s geopolitical ally, Russia, is already squeezed with losses in energy revenue because of President Trump’s approach toward oil, LNG and coal. Trump, through allies including Saudi Arabia, EU, France (North Africa energy), and domestic production has influenced global energy prices.  Additionally, President Trump is demanding NATO countries, specifically Germany, stop supporting financial dependence on Russia.

Meanwhile, and directly connected, Russia is bleeding out financially in Syria. Iran is the financial reserve, but they too are energy price dependent and President Trump is now putting pressure on Iran vis-a-vis new sanctions and new demands on allies.

Squeeze #3. In 2017 Trump and Secretary Tillerson, now Secretary Pompeo, put Pakistan on notice they need to get involved in bringing their enabled tribal “extremists” (Taliban) to the table in Afghanistan. Pakistan’s primary investor and economic partner is China. The U.S. removed $900 million in financial support to pressure Pakistan toward a political solution in Afghanistan, China has to fill void.  [NOTE: Last month the World Bank began discussions about a financial bailout for Pakistan.]  Again, more one-way bleed for China.

Squeeze #4. China’s primary economic threat (competition) is next door in India. President Trump has embraced India as leverage over China in trade and pledged ongoing favorable trade deals. The key play is MFN (Most Favored Nation) trade status might flip from China to India. That’s a big play.  It would have massive ramifications.

Squeeze #5. President Trump launched a USTR Section 301 Trade Investigation into China’s theft of intellectual property. This encompasses every U.S. entity that does manufacturing business with China, particularly aeronautics and technology, and also reaches into the financial services sector.

In March of 2018 U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer completed a section 301 review of China’s trade practices.  [SEE HERE] Section 301 of the U.S. Trade Act of 1974 authorizes the President to take all appropriate action, including retaliation, to obtain the removal of any act, policy, or practice of a foreign government that violates an international trade agreement or is unjustified, unreasonable, or discriminatory, and that burdens or restricts U.S. commerce.  However, as talks with China progressed, President Trump shelved the 301 action to see where negotiations would end-up. The May and June, 2018, negotiations between the U.S. and China provided no progress.  The 301 review of China is now pulled back off the shelf, and President Trump assembles his trade-war strategy.  The 301 tariffs/sanctions are currently being worked out with U.S.T.R Robert Lighthizer.

Squeeze #6. President Trump, Secretary Ross, Secretary Mnuchin and USTR Robert Lighthizer are dissolving NAFTA in favor of two bilateral agreements; one with Mexico and one with Canada.  One of the primary objectives of team U.S.A. is to close the 3rd party loopholes, including dumping and origination, that China uses to gain backdoor access to the U.S. market and avoid trade/tariff restrictions. [China sends parts to Mexico and Canada for assembly and then back-door entry into the U.S. via NAFTA.]

Squeeze #7. President Trump has been open, visible and vocal about his intention to shift to bilateral trade renegotiation with China and Southeast Asia immediately after Team U.S.A. concludes with NAFTA. [Current discussions with Japan are ongoing]

Squeeze #8. President Trump positioned the U.S. relationship with the E.U. as a massive potential loss for Europe (via Steel, Aluminum, and Auto tariffs) if they did not: (A) shift their trade relationship toward greater reciprocity; and (B) reconsider the size of their trade relationship with China.  After initially trying to push-back, Europe acquiesced.

Squeeze #9. President Trump has positioned ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) as trade benefactors for assistance with North Korea. Last year the KORUS (South Korea and U.S.) trade deal was renegotiated, and announced in March. The relationship between ASEAN nations and the Trump administration is very strong, and getting stronger. Which leads to…

Squeeze #10. President Trump has formed an economic and national security alliance with Shinzo Abe of Japan. It is not accidental that North Korea’s Kim Jong-un fired his last missile over the Northern part of Japan. Quite simply, Beijing told him to.  However…

Squeeze #11. President Trump cut-off the duplicitous Beijing influence over North Korea by engaging directly with Kim Jong-un.  The open exchange and ongoing dialogue has removed much of the ability of Beijing to leverage the DPRK nuclear threat for their own economic benefit.  This dialogue was as much, if not more, about dismantling the Beijing geopolitical influence as it was about denuclearizing the Korean peninsula.  However, no-one caught on to that part of the strategy.

Add all of this up and you can see the cumulative impact of President Trump’s geopolitical economic strategy toward China. The best part of all of it –as we previously stated– is the likelihood China never saw it, meaning the sum totality of “all of it”, coming…. at first.

Now they do, and, as Mr. Pillsbury notes from his travel and engagement, China is not quite sure how to respond.

Only President Trump could use economic leverage with such incredible insight and strategy toward achieving dual results benefiting the U.S. economy and U.S. national security position.  It really is stunning when you stand back and look at how it has all played out…. in the open…. and yet seemingly no-one saw what he was doing.

Just brilliant.

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254 Responses to IMPORTANT – Michael Pillsbury: China Has “New Respect” For U.S. Trade Strategy…

  1. Tereese says:

    By the grace of God, Sundance, your work is amazing…and thanks for explaining it in a way this peasant can understand. GOD continue to Bless you and your crew.

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    • RoddREpub says:

      Amen to that! I have studied the market for decades and it’s great to President Trump out smarting the Chinese. For years we were told this is way too go, but POTUS is showing us that was all a lie! America can be energy independent! America can manufacturer goods again! God bless POTUS!

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      • Fire Dog says:

        Amen!
        China plays the “panda” in public, but behind the world’s stage, China ambushes its opponents by fleecing, anarchy, and genocide. Ask any of the LAN and WAN administrators in the USA, and they’ll attest to the national security breaches and fleecing since the BUSHES, CLINTONS, and SOETOROS rigged their elections for power, fortune, and glory.
        It’s time that China returns $TRILLIONS in theft of intellectual property, and $TRILLIONS in the products they produced to “murder” Americans.
        ENFORCE THE COMMUNIST CONTROL ACT: DEPORT, EXILE, AND EXECUTE THE COMMUNISTS AND SOCIALISTS IN THE U.S.A.

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      • Bud Klatsch says:

        Yes, for decades I subscribed to the WSJ and bought into their World economy view. Then several years ago, I realized we had sold out our industry and manufacturing. Images of wasted industrial sites should have appalled the WSJ and cronies years before I was so disturbed. A pox on all responsible and I cancelled my WSJ two years ago after subscribing since 1969!

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        • peace says:

          I no longer believe what any newspaper tries to sell as news. Instead, I come here in order to know what’s really going on in the world especially as it relates to the economy IMO, especially after the print papers pulled their anti-trump stunt this week, papers are only good for local news, teaching tools to show kids what propaganda is, and for lining bird cages.

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          • margarite1 says:

            Exactly. I stopped subscribing years ago – even before we had Sundance.

            One good thing about Obama – we didn’t need newspapers to tell us how serious the decline of the USA was thanks to the globalists. Sort of a “be careful what you wish for” for the leftists because now we have POTUS and MAGA.

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        • Brainiac says:

          Same here. Same feeling. Above SD analysis=brilliant.

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        • TheLastDemocrat says:

          Why was WSJ not alarmed? They got brought onboard with Team China somehow.

          Liked by 1 person

        • billrla says:

          Bud: Same here. Finally, after all these years, I realized that the WSJ was full of it.

          Liked by 1 person

        • Liz says:

          I cancelled after they WSJ was sold to Murdoch. It was never good after that. Independent sources like Conservative Treehouse and financial newsletters gradually started replacing my subscription. The old WSJ in depth articles were amazing.

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      • Kenji says:

        American corporations have ceded manufacturing to China’s; cheap labor and non-existent regulations. MY President is enticing and incentivizing the return of manufacturing to America … to rebuild OUR middle class. It’s about time. The leftist and GOPe administrations sold out America … and MY President is re-investing in the American people … BRAVO !!

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    • Jedi9 says:

      “The upcoming Chinese trade delegation is not showing up at the end of this month as a matter of scheduling happenstance. What no-one in the financial/trade/economic media is connecting is the timing of their visit with USTR Lighthizers’ Section 301 Tariff hearings –SEE HERE. August 20th through August 27th, you can guarantee the Chinese delegations will be all over those hearings; including dispatching their paid lobbyists to provide input on their behalf”

      Yep! Its a zero sum game with the Chinese which is why the tariffs will go into effect and no deal will be agreed upon! Its all or nothing! IMO the more we move away from accepting normalizing trade on any new agreements the more we get used to self reliance on made in America products and less on Chinese imported ones! We simply can’t risk going back to the way things were with Chinese imported products and that to me is not acceptable by a country mile, but the lobbyists in DC will try at a fervent level to advocate as such, so a game must be played. Don’t care if we have to bankrupt Walmart to do it, it needs to be done! Trillions of dollars are at stake! The fact is, what the US is demanding from China requires that China is confronted to make wholesale reforms back home, and I simply don’t see that happening anytime in the near future. China simply has to become a free market economy with full transparency in order to be a trusted member in the global community of trade. Not going to happen! Also considering the entire recent Google fiasco of announcement of trying to implement a new censorship code into their platform to appease China is even more reason that a deal will not get done and not to trust China. This isn’t just about trade, its about their covert economic aggression in stealing what rightfully belongs in the US and undermining our national security. No exceptions should be made!

      1. China does not act like a trading partner, they are acting more like an adversary
      2. China breaks WTO rules all the time and needs to be kicked out of the WTO
      3. China’s blatant spying and theft of IP is the number 1 security threat America is facing that will determine its future viability in high tech both in the private sector and Military research and development
      4. Google, Apple, and the internet issues in relation to China, will have to be dealt with! Corporate treason should have consequences and tech companies who are complicit in undermining our national security by giving away our internet and technology should be held accountable. Google and others have a day of reckoning coming! The reason why it (military intelligence) hasn’t happened yet because the deep state is involved and continue to support the Chinese lobbying efforts. Once the traitors in DC are called out (See Diane Feinstein, Clinton’s and others) for taking bribes from the CHICOMS, it will be game over and the dominoes will begin to fall.

      What is even more telling to me is Lisa Pages recent testimony saying that it was China that was the FBI’s focus not Russia, and its just me saying this, but all the other stuff currently going on is chafe and counter measures to lead people off the trail of finding the real collusion which is members in congress and the Senate who are in up to their eyeballs with Chinese bribes! IMHO is the main reason we see all the obstruction because at the end of the day money is a powerful motivator especially when it involves treason at the highest levels of our government, something that has been happening for many years and is about to be exposed and also something that Trump has known about for many years as well! I have no doubt it will be artfully done in order to get the sneaky CHICOMS out of our country and our government! Midterms is a great starting place!

      Yes I support McCarthy like tactics in rooting out the CHICOMS by either catching them,(that means our own who have conspired against American interests) killing them (Chinese nationals who are spies) or sending them home packing (diplomats who continue their two face approach to negotiating)! Its very plain and simple, China can not be trusted any longer and are no longer a trusted partner when it comes to trade, no matter how much money they want to pay out in bribes! This can not be tolerated any longer! TAX THE SHIT OUT OF THEM! PERIOD!

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        • lotbusyexec says:

          I love the line “THIS is AMERICA, we don’t share land here.” I honestly can not comprehend any rational, freedom loving person who thinks any other way. I guess that’s why they call US smart 😉

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        • Have you ever noticed that the advocates of “sharing” are always the ones who want something that isn’t theirs?

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          • Tseg says:

            Always.

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          • Jedi9 says:

            That is probably the most profound point to make when talking about the Chinese. They always want something for nothing, and that usually means it wasn’t theirs to begin! Such as the theft of our IP? Not too long they come for our land too! Australia and Canada should be the warning signs we take heed of!

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            • Mike says:

              Just ask those people in/on Nepal, Mongolia, Taiwan, India’s border, Malaysian EEZ, Phils EEZ, Vietnam EEZ, Brunei EEZ, Indonesian EEZ … not to mention industrial America

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          • All American Snowflake says:

            The advocates of “sharing” never share because they have nothing to share.

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        • mj_inOC says:

          Love Kevin Costner!
          This is America, we don’t share land here! [Or technology!]
          Bill Clinton sold us out to get re-elected.
          That game is over.
          God bless and protect President Trump and his team.

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          • Aubergine says:

            I don’t love Costner so much.

            He is a big critic of our current immigration policy. That said, I did enjoy the clip, because it was spot-on.

            I also happen to live in the small town near where he is filming “Yellowstone.” The rental market here is now so tight that average people here can’t afford to live. All of the “movie people” have scooped everything up, and they can afford high rents.

            This is a low-wage, non-industrial area. Some people (mostly business owners) are excited by the influx of people. I am not. I am very lucky in that I own my house, so the rental problem doesn’t affect me. But two of my adult children live with me (they pay me for the privilege) because they can’t find other housing. And the housing market has gone nuts again, so the prices are too high for them to buy.

            People around here are saying “housing bubble” again. I made it through the last one pretty much unscathed. But a lot of people here were not so lucky.

            I have high hopes that wages will rise here, based on the policies of our great (greatest?) President. But things here in Montana are slow to change. It’s a different kind of place.

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            • CNN_sucks says:

              Hope CA liberals don’t move there. It will ruin Montana.

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              • Jedi9 says:

                They already have been! and that was ten years ago, so I can’t imagine what it is now! They can sell their house 10X market value in California and they can practically retire in places like Idaho and Montana! Same thing happened to Colorado!

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            • Jedi9 says:

              I know exactly what you are talking about Aubergine! I have spent many summers in Yellowstone and know the corridor between the states of Montana, Idaho, and where Wyoming meet. Its some of the most beautiful country in the world. Driggs Idaho is where I have a lot a friends and Idaho Falls of course, and I lived in Cody for awhile. Yes a lot of transplants have moved in and drove up the price of housing and is the most frustrating aspect of desired places that were once best kept secrets of the country. I seen the same thing happen in Colorado where both Californians and Texans moved in and bought up land like crazy and drove up prices there like crazy too! So I totally empathize with your point of view! Can you imagine if the Chinese nationals came in and started buying up all of our land? This is my greatest fear!

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              • All American Snowflake says:

                The Chinese nationals are already here in Washington State and ARE buying up all the land. They live in like $10M homes and attend state supported University of Washington. My question is Where do the elite communist get all their money?

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                • Jedi9 says:

                  Dirty laundering! Bitcoin?

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                • Jedi9 says:

                  I find it rather contemptuous that foreign nationals non US citizens can purchase land in America! I am of the belief that there should be law to safe guard against this by making it impossible! There should be a law that stipulates in plain English that ONLY US CITIZENS ARE ALLOWED TO PURCHASE LAND IN AMERICA!!! That should include houses as well! In fact I am going to put it on the list of things to do in terms getting a petition going. Yes its that important! Stay tuned!

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        • Marica says:

          Thanks Jedi!! That was awesome!!! THis is America!!! LOVE

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        • Sharon says:

          That’s great. And the best part to this old farm girl is that the mouthy, self-righteous man who is lecturing about needing to share land demonstrates that he doesn’t know how to climb through a barbed wire fence.

          By the time I was five years old, I could climb through a 4-strand barbed wire fence in my Sunday dress that had ruffles without anything getting rumpled or torn.

          Reality is a wonderful teacher. And plain talk is a great way to communicate.

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        • wondering999 says:

          Interesting movie. The man from the bus who thought it was owed to him sounds like he was taught by my college professors — thoroughly enjoyed college, but just sayin’, he sounds “native” in that way.

          During this last week, Chinese TV CCTV-4 has been showing a military drama in the middle of the day. The drama action this last week involved a bunch of bad guys doing bad things in China, opposed by good guy Chinese military.

          One of the Bad Guys wrapped an American flag scarf around his neck and also wore a cowboy hat. This Big Mean Bad Guy actor was Asian and speaking Chinese, and commanded his crew to lay several land mines in an orchard that almost mangled one of the Chinese good guys who were pursuing him.

          The Asian American-ish Bad Guy also kidnapped a pretty Chinese female military officer, stuffing a sock in her mouth, tied up her hands and slung her over his back and carried her off captive. (Miss Female Officer was rescued by Chinese Good Guys before any Bad Things happened.)

          Hollyweird, all over the world. Meanwhile ordinary people try to earn enough to pay the rent, raise the kids and maybe have a retirement using one-hundredth of a D.C. pension… meanwhile there’s entertainment to show Ordinary People who the Bad Guys Who Should Be Killed might be…

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      • Guillermo Maguire says:

        Makes you wonder how much Paki Anwar info from congress servers was in the Chinese hands. Having the dirt on swampies makes bribe budget much smaller

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      • Fire Dog says:

        Amen, Amen, Amen!
        We the People MUST enforce the Communist Control Act, NOW.
        DEPORT, EXILE, AND EXECUTE communists, socialists, and their operatives … damn them to Hell with no mercy!

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        • Texian says:

          Good boy Fire Dog.. I see them too..

          Look at them commie jackals all over your turf, and pissing on it too..

          The time is coming..

          Fourth Turning..

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        • WVPatriot says:

          National Security and Sovereignty.

          Traitors in America do not receive “slaps” on the wrists…they are executed.

          May our Almighty God and Heavenly Father continue to bless and protect the United States of America!!!

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      • Nordic Breed says:

        China’s Achilles heel is communism itself and the central “planning” that controls all of China. It would be great if through economic warfare their communist system would be toppled, putting an end to the once child policy, control over every aspect of Chinese life including religion, etc. That country is so vast with so much potential they don’t need to be raping the rest of the world.

        My husband’s electrophysiologist is from Taiwan. He said that the Taiwanese are the only real Chinese because communism has destroyed the character of mainland civilization. This destruction has been going on since the 1920s. Whether what he said is true or not, I can say that, while not being truly representative of the cultures, a person can see a definite difference between Chinese dramas and Taiwanese dramas in the depiction of relationships and daily life. Chinese always have a political push full of propaganda, which is very interesting. Most recently I saw one where a young person went to Cambodia to teach poor children in the jungle. He was teaching “One Belt, One Road”. Blatant indoctrination of viewers and no doubt what is actually happening to subjugate the ignorant. Never, ever trust a communist, especially the Chinese.

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        • Tseg says:

          Between their centralized (inefficient) economy, their generations long 1 child policy that is leaving them top-heavy with elderly that need support from the state (you think our social security scheme has challenges?) and their lack of home-grown food and energy puts them at a massive disadvantage in any kind of extended economic war with the US… a decades long economic cold war would destroy them but they likely will learn some important lessons.

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        • Taximom07 says:

          Agree! As it has been quoted “China will grow old before it grows rich”. Having hosted many Chinese engineer grad students over the years, my inventor/engineer husband had noticed that they are very “book smart” but can’t think creatively outside the box. They can steal our ideas, but they can’t seem to come up with any original ideas, nor have they grown up tinkering and taking things apart, and understanding how to innovate as they go along getting things back together in a different way. Yankee ingenuity is our strength.

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      • Elizabeth Carter says:

        Jedi9 I remember when Bill Clinton was Governor of Arkansas and Hillary was on the Board of Directors of Walmart, Tyson, JB Hunt and 5 other Corporations that went national. She is a self proclaimed Marxist. The Globalist Bushes and Clintons were running drugs through Mena, Arkansas for the CIA and calling it Iran Contra. They loaded our country with drugs, made fortunes for themselves and did everything they could to destroy America. Obama was supposed to be the final transformation of the USA.

        Walmart started out saying they would sell only products Made in the USA and went to products only Made In China. If they are bankrupted that will be a good thing. The Clintons, Bushes and Obamas are traitors in every way to the USA.

        China could never be trusted. They are not a friend of the USA and never have been. We are fundamentally different in every way. Thank God for President Trump. MAGA

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      • singingsoul says:

        The Chinese have infiltrated our Universities and its research labs and our industry.
        I do not know how much they infiltrated our government and State Department , FBI and DOJ,

        All I can say Professors in Universities promoted chines PhD in research because they were cheep and worked 60-70 our a week.
        College Presidents took trips to China and brought back Professors to teach our students.
        Our Government encouraged the exchanges to the detriment of our students and young PhDs.
        I have seen it. Russia after their collapse we did the same with them. Our Universities , the arts exchanges of students were all open. Often in research labs the Chinese and Russian pick the brain but give nothing back and the lab bosses exspect the Americans to share their knowledge.
        Some heated this to happen all at the expense of USA.

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    • JMC says:

      Sundance truly is amazing. I have forwarded this article to a friend who thinks Trumps tariff threats are dumb. Did you read the article, Ron? Sundance is a national treasure.

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      • Sharon says:

        Your friend doesn’t even recognize that President Trump does not deal in threats. And he never has.

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      • mopar2016 says:

        Totally agree JMC, this is one of the finest articles that I’ve ever read.
        I don’t think that ANYONE could do a better job of explaining the Trump doctrine.
        We’re blessed to have president Trump, and we’re blessed to have Sundance to put things into perspective so that we can better understand. This whole article had me chuckling.

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    • Carrie2 says:

      Tereese, and how many times have I said that when Trump praises someone, watch out because Trump plays an amazing poker game! So many countries waking up and trying and thinking hard how could they have missed all this and now are losers. Love how many democrats and ex-intelligence stupids are trying to tell us Trump is a dictator, doesn’t know squat, has no power as CEO/EXECUTIVE of America and is breaking so many laws. Heck, we know who broke so many laws and now we have a President with brains and power and it hurts like Hell. Tough!

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    • Sunshine says:

      An outstanding presentation indeed and a pleasure to see China with no wiggle room.

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  2. starfcker says:

    President Trump has talked about most of this stuff openly since at least 2011 when I started listening to him interviewed on the radio. Which leads me back to a hypothesis I’ve been contemplating for a while. The Chinese aren’t nearly as smart, and their intelligence gathering isn’t nearly as good as we’ve been led to believe. And yes, our last three or four Presidents were a lot dumber than we were led to believe. The President’s ability to play the long game astonishes me. And I grow trees from seed, so I tend to think in longer terms than most people. The non-stop incremental changes he has been putting in place for the last 2 years are like a crack in a dam that water rushes through, it widens and widens and widens. Pretty soon, before anybody knows it, this is going to be Trump’s America. And I like his vision for what this country should be.

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    • starfcker says:

      And Sundance, you’ve been laying the stuff out since before he was elected. Is nobody in the Chinese government or intelligence services reading the Treehouse? It’d be a good place for them to start.

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    • Robert Smith says:

      I would say that the US wasn’t even in the game with China. We just rolled over to China and allowed ourselves to be bullied in almost all areas. I think China just did what they wanted, deep strategy not necessary.

      The funny thing is just about all the other countries in the world know clearly that Trump is the Big Boss. The Democrats here have yet to stop sniping at his heels. They would stop it all and reverse it for the sake of their party. HRC and the Democrat party has not accepted the results of the election.

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      • snellvillebob says:

        We need a FBI and DOJ that will indict Hillary. She will turn on everyone and we can finally cleanse our government of most of the worst corruption. It will come back, like cockroaches, so we will have to remain vigilant.

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      • mopar2016 says:

        I believe that China owns a lot of our lawmakers.
        I’ve thought that for a long time, but I think that it’s even worse than I thought.
        Just look at senator Feinstein, she had a Chinese spy working for her for twenty years.
        And her husband is heavily invested in communist China.

        Yet we’re supposed to believe that she didn’t know about the spy?

        http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/08/02/feinstein-was-mortified-by-fbi-allegation-that-staffer-was-spy-for-china-report.html

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        • Robert Smith says:

          No doubt you are correct. Back to the Clintons etc. the Chines learned that it is relatively cheap to buy the American politician. Feinstein, at the very least hid the fact that she was spied on and was exposed for all those years.

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        • Mike says:

          Absolutely. I think this whole Russia narrative has China owner-, sponsorship too.

          Imagine, China is a natural predator for Russia’s land and resources, yet we’re driving Russia into China’s arms, willingly to the slaughter, at a discount. Our sellout pols are total traitors and need a full treatment.

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    • mdaush says:

      The difference between Trump and all the rest is he is not part of the Deep State and is not on the take. The rest of it is just common sense. He is the first People’s President since Reagan.

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    • Nordic Breed says:

      I never thought Obama or the Bushes were all that smart. Especially Obama. That’s a case of the emperor having no clothes if ever there was one.

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      • Rf121 says:

        Smart enough to get elected President. The difference was their priorities.

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        • Marygrace Powers says:

          “We both thought Bush might prove the worst president in American History and the all-around worst man of the 20th Century, even considering such competition as Hitler, Stalin, and Mao.”

          – Robert Anton Wilson, Cosmic Trigger, 1995 (3)

          “World-class drug trafficker. Sinister spymaster with tentacles spanning the planet. President – the most corrupt president in United States history. George Herbert Walker Bush.”

          – Bill Weinberg, George Bush: The Super-Spy Drug-Smuggling President, 1992 (1)

          Right rf121/Clintons, Bushes and Obamas/PURE EVIL.

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      • mopar2016 says:

        Buraq was the emperor with no clothes, and no birth certificate either.

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      • Squirrel Doc says:

        Actually (grin), it he was a suit without an emperor.

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    • Tseg says:

      Lifelong politicians should not lead countries.

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      • Kenji says:

        Until Trump … that was ALL the voters could do … vote for the “next in line” politician. I pray the people continue to have an ALTERNATIVE choice from hence forward

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  3. scott467 says:

    “Now they do, and, as Mr. Pillsbury notes from his travel and engagement, China is not quite sure how to respond.”

    _________________

    And China is zero-sum, only doing what is in China’s interest.

    So they better come up with something quick, because doing “nothing” is not in China’s interest.

    And “something” could be a whole lot worse.

    It’s not as easy for the Red Panda to win when the leadership of the U.S. isn’t taking a dive every round.

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  4. scott467 says:

    Pilsbury: “He’s [Trump] basically alleging that they stole their way to the top, they’ve had forcible technology transfers from U.S. companies, they’ve outright stolen technology, that they sort of have an illegitimate path to being #2 in the world”

    ___________________

    Pretty much as I described here a couple months ago, that the only reason China is a ‘world power’ is because theirs is a nation of thieves and liars, a nation of pirates.

    They have a pirate economy; they raid and plunder from the innovative and productive.

    And the reports commissioned by DJT are showing exactly that.

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    • scott467 says:

      “…that the only reason China is a ‘world power’ is because theirs is a nation of thieves and liars, a nation of pirates.”

      _____________

      The Chinese government, I mean.

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      • singingsoul says:

        scott467 says:
        “…that the only reason China is a ‘world power’ is because theirs is a nation of thieves and liars, a nation of pirates.”
        _____________
        The Chinese government, I mean.’
        ______________________________________
        In an interesting way my father warned about China in the Fifties. He always told us children that is where the real dangers will come from.

        Sundance you do great work my husband who only began reading this site a couple of months ago now gives my pointers what to read. You red pilled him..:)
        Sundance thank you for all you do…!

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      • Mary Wilson says:

        No, it’s the people and it starts when they are children. When they come to the US to college, they cheat their way to high grades. Ask any American engineering student.

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    • And don’t forget, China as a nation does not respect, honor, worship, nor hold God as any type of guiding power! And they won’t allow their people to openly worship Him! Why are they so afraid of God and his goodness? They are buldozing Catholic Churches now? Why? What are they afraid of? The Chinese are a weak governing power, afraid of empowering their own people to worship, believe and become what God had designed for them. This type of leadership cannot succeed against a God worshiping nation? Led by a true God living worrier! And his team of true patriots that can’t be bought!

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      • Kathy says:

        What are they afraid of? Maybe this … “For where two or three are gathered together in My name, there am I in the midst of them.” [Matthew 18:20]

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      • Carrie2 says:

        conservativedriver, sorry but each time I visit China and I studied there, the Catholic Church in particularly growing and growing, as well as other faith beliefs. As one Asian woman told me “they want God”. Yes, there are some constrictions, just like the democrats want to do here, but since I am Catholic and go to Mass there (and elsewhere in Asia) the Church is so crowded that they either expand or build in other locations. Even in Malaysia, a wholly muslim country, Catholicism has the most churches and Masses always full.

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        • singingsoul says:

          Carrie2 says:
          “conservativedriver, sorry but each time I visit China and I studied there, the Catholic Church in particularly growing and growing, as well as other faith beliefs. As one Asian woman told me “they want God”
          ___________________________________________
          A government no matter how restrictive cannot deny God to its people because God is not dependent on a Government. I know this from places where Christianity was restricted and punished. Faith in God cannot be killed unless one is a participant in killing .
          Look all the freedom we have greed and selfishness has replaced for many God.
          People run after the Golden Calf and forget who gives Life, Peace and Joy.

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  5. Sylvia Avery says:

    I was just watching this on Tucker and I’m yelling at the TV “Sundance! Are you watching this?????” and I clicked on CTH and, well, of course you were. I really enjoyed watching that.

    I don’t think I have said this yet today, although I have thought it, I LOVE PDJT! Best President ever! And as Dekester says, “God bless PDJT.”

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    • Dekester says:

      S.A.
      I went to bed a few hours after watching Pillsbury, and thought man am I ever fortunate to have come across TCTH, and was marveling at PDJTs brilliance, and how utterly corrupt your Congress and Senate is.

      Upon awakening I open up the “ site” and there is already an article on it.

      God bless PDJT

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    • Kristin says:

      I was watching this on Tucker and said to hubby: this is what Sundance explains over and over.
      I did not know before how to understand all of the China talk, but I fo now.
      Sundance you are a true treasure.
      Thank you.
      Mr. President: thank you for doing this for our great country.

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  6. Robert Smith says:

    These summary reports really help keep track of all the moving pieces. Trump’s willingness to use the economic leverage in trade, with all countries, is at a much higher level than previous administrations. Before, it seemed that military and economic were clearly bifurcated. Economic moves seemed to be more sacrosanct with military moves being more likely towards enemies. Even though we are indisputably the major military power, it is a messy weapon to deploy. However, the trade weapon, banking system access, payments the US controls the levers precisely. And,Trump will employ these economic hammers across many different trading partners simultaneously. Meanwhile, China’s aggressive military moves in Asia have prompted nations to start thinking about arming themselves – causing yet other issues. For instance, they are causing the the land of the rising sun to find its mojo again. More moving pieces and more money to blunt these challenges.

    As a smaller economy, China is now feeling the effect of playing up to the world stage and having to do it at Trump speed. To retain their legitimacy as a power broker, China has to back their commitments at a time their economy is heading into some rough waters. With all of that in mind — China needs to sell into our market, we can’t be easily replaced as a customer. But, all their moves to date have only hastened the trade reset towards eliminating the imbalance more quickly in our favor. It’s as if China hasn’t realized this is not just test of Trump’s political will but rather his actual policy. I guess all of America’s trading partners have made the same mistake even while watching other countries fail before them. I guess, TDS writ large I guess. The Soviets could reasonably match up militarily in certain places and times, but could not economically sustain their world posture. China is in much the same position except they are especially screwed in that they need us as a trading partner. If Mexico, Europe, Japan, and South Korea have settled or are close to settling their trade issues, China doesn’t have much economic friends left.

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    • Carrie2 says:

      Robert Smith, and we must never forget our Founding Fathers had doing and getting international trade for America itself and not having to deal with England. Yep, that is exactly what our President is doing, and so cleverly they can’t tell where the nut might be in 3 cups. We have had mostly self-loving presidents with little knowledge of economics but looking good as presidents and only, I think, because we are a Republic of freedom and rights that we are a very special FREE country and now have a president underlining that we hold the best cards again.

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    • Also amazing is the speed that these leverages were put into place. It’s been 2 years since PDJT has been elected. He seems to work all day every day (excluding 4-6 hrs for sleep). Previous Presidents have never worked like this. The Presidency had become a pulpit and vacation all rolled into one. Not for this PDJT. I am reminded of the saying “you’ll never work a day in your life if you like what you’re doing”. I think PDJT really loves what he’s doing. He has a plan and he’s executing the plan. Really awesome to watch.

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  7. A2 says:

    I have been posting a similar analysis on this website for the past 3 years. Updated, and annotated. I am a pi-ren (屁人). but I know the score. Mr Pillsbury, if anyone bothered to read his book, is spot on the historical etiology that got the US to this point ( no hyperbole that Treepers so love and adore). President Trump and his administration know the score. Hence the strategic tariffs and pushback.

    This analysis also must take into consideration the rise of Xi and his particular viewpoint that has led to China’s increased world power seeking. I was personally present as a participant back in 2000s or so at the premier China think tank and government advisory the CIRD. It was quite an eye-opener. Economic reform versus the Stalinist past. The Stalinist past seems to have won, with some caveats.

    Fortunately, or unfortunately, China believes the analyses and reports in the MSM, therefore mis-understanding in a broad sense about the administration.

    Having said that, they will adjust their economic strategy, but the Emperor of Everything and his supporters will never give up their new found, ye, resurrected, historically glossed and dressed China as Tianxia (天下), all under heaven even if misinterpreted and thus twisted the meaning from their heritage.

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    • Robert Smith says:

      “Fortunately, or unfortunately, China believes the analyses and reports in the MSM, therefore mis-understanding in a broad sense about the administration.”

      Meaning they have vastly underestimated Trump as a buffoon that blusters and is weak domestically?

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      • True Treeper says:

        It’s not that complicated. China – like Mexico – has been a major low cost export platform and President Trump is eliminating that cost advantage.

        China can’t buy off our President. Neither can the big US corporations who shifted their manufacturing to China. He’s got their number.

        The communists running China will have no choice but to fold or face economic collapse. SD has been all over this.

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      • A2 says:

        They have their news analysts, who have studied overseas and learned the languages from Iceland to Vanuatu reporting back to Beijing Central.

        They are low level analysts and as you know the big news orgs have a routine round robin of reprinting and re-mouthing from the ‘established media’. Thus what is in the NYT, or WP, and other print media though online, as well as CNN and the active media that broadcasts is where they derive their intelligence. This gets sifted and sorted and checked with their social media and fringe site surveillance inputs.

        Thus, the general misreading of the President (though to be fair he is leading them on with his tweets on purpose). They can not compute, nor understand his so called ‘unpredictability’.

        I’d say, all good and keep it up.

        I can not stress more that how the American public understand events (right, left doesn’t matter) and how China understands events (not the public as info is officially controlled but the sotto voce in a communist state) there is a wide gap.

        Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore ( the most economically and politically successful Chinese enclaves on the planet) ‘get it’.

        Yet, China Inc views them as suspect and culturally subornative to the West and in an ironic neo imperialist turn must be ‘re-colonised’ to recover their Chinese identity and blood ties.

        I’ve nattered on enough.

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        • lotbusyexec says:

          Keep Nattering 👍

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        • Dixie says:

          I’ve nattered on enough

          NEVER!

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        • Carrie2 says:

          A2, precisely what I have found in China thinking it can continue to think they can own Hong Kong, which rightly is and can’t stop being a great business, Taiwan will never give in to the mainland China and what a difference visiting there, and Singapore has its own approach. In other words China has already lost a great deal of control and these 3 areas have shown they are NOT truly owned by China and I support Hong Kong’s protests against being taken over by the mainland. Holes are starting to appear in China mainland and using past century approaches can only go so far and then the holes grow more and the mainland is stymied. It appears to me that the mainland relies on past history and controls and are not seeing their own people wanting, getting and using more freedom and that will be a downfall for the mainland as time goes by. Today’s Chinese love making more money, more freedom, better lifestyle, etc. Like the old time peasants be fearful of them, Xi et al, because you are few and they are many.

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    • Tesla Coiled says:

      Would you be kind enough to remind us who that “Fart People” are?
      I know you explained it months ago, but memories fade.

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    • Sharpshorts says:

      I understand what you mean by “…China believes the analyses and reports in the MSM,..” but I would say that both the Red Dragon and the happy Panda embrace the MSM’s narrative because doing so hides their intent and actions…

      China believes only in “One Road” ideology ; which is their road, leading to absolute power and dominance of all things.

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    • SharonKinDC says:

      Another great post, A2!

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    • wondering999 says:

      Help please A2: “pi-ren (屁人)” is not in my dictionary.
      “ren” I understand “people/person”
      and there are a lot of meanings to “pi” but not that character
      What does it mean?

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      • wondering999 says:

        LOL I see the explanation above! And someone has amended the online dictionary since this morning because lo and behold, I check my phone and there it is:
        屁: pi: fart, flatulence, nonsense, what (not) a d__n thing

        what’s so intriguing about Chinese is that the same word with a slightly intonation is in the dictionary as “grand” or “to give an example” or “thunderclap” or “beryllium” —

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    • wondering999 says:

      A2: This is random and slightly off topic except it’s about China. Came across this episode of “The Voice” and the lovely young lady is wearing what looks like a blue “pussy hat”? Does this hat have any popular significance or is it just a hate?

      She does have a lovely voice. The hat puzzled me

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  8. Mightymustardseed says:

    Whew! That’s brilliance on the part of VSGPOTUSDJT. Unfortunately I don’t have the mind that readily recognizes strategy, as it’s being played out. Nor do I have the ability to connect the dots that form big pictures.

    My respect for President Donald J Trump is deeper, from reading this article. Thank you Sundance for a clear illustration of the strategy’s employed, it’s so brilliant, that I wish everyone could understand what we are privileged to witness. Thank you again for your wonderful mind and heart. MAGA

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  9. Cindy says:

    Kudos to Sundance for giving us insight into Chinese/Xi persona awhile back. Spot on! Panda’s red carpet way too low quality for the peoples President and the Presidents people! Couldn’t contain myself like Tucker. Hah
    Ya know, as a former business owner who witnessed unspeakable horrors (you really don’t know the cultural moral divide of what occured/still occurs) when we exported/imported globalism. A smile…a glimmer of hope. MAGA …a shining city on a hill. It’s who we are.

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  10. wheatietoo says:

    “In essence Trump is mirroring the behavior of China while confronting their economic duplicity.”
    ~ Sundance
    ______

    Yes…and PTrump is upping the ante.
    He understands the basics of pure capitalism better than the ChiComs do.

    In pure capitalism, you cannot force your customers to buy your products.
    You simply have to make a better product.

    Communists use force to make people do what they want.
    China has been attempting to force us to buy their products, by removing the production of those products from the US…leaving us with no choice.

    They consider us foolish, so if they prey on us, it is our own fault.
    That’s why they have felt free to cheat, steal technology, and bully us in every way that we will let them.

    The ChiComs have dealt with US businessmen before…but not with one who has the power to fight back…not with one who is President.
    They have enjoyed dealing with feckless politicians who bend to their will, in the interest of ‘preserving good diplomatic relations’.

    It’s no wonder that they have had no respect for us.

    In business, diplomacy is nice…but the bottom line is “What is best for my company.”
    Pres Trump is applying this in his approach to our trading opponents.
    “What is best for my Country.”
    America First.

    Protectionism is not a bad thing.
    Other countries do it.
    They do it in order to survive.

    We finally have a President who cares about our survival.

    And thanks, Sundance, for posting that segment from Tucker’s show.
    It’s a great clip…and well worth watching.
    I watched it earlier and loved it.

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    • True Treeper says:

      “Pres Trump is applying this in his approach to our trading opponents.
      “What is best for my Country.”
      America First.”

      And they’ve all been got with their pants down and their hands in the U.S. cookie jar! How great is it to be alive and witnessing all of this!

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      • A2 says:

        So Bloody weird!! You said “pants down”. I don’t think you know, but that is a phrase in Chinese that has recently surfaced from the Mao era 脫褲子,割尾巴, a rectification campaign to rout out dogmatism, Subjectivism, Factionalism and Cliched Writing and anti CCP thought. It was and is called 排隊洗手洗澡 ‘Get in Line and Wash in Public” .
        Yikes.

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        • Carrie2 says:

          A2, and we saw what eventually happened. Mao caused death to so many Chinese and lost, and then Deng comes along and starts cleaning up Mao’s messes seeing that the people were fuming and angered peasants start fighting back. Mao knew nothing about business and thought sending professionals to do “agriculture” and the peasants to the cities to “do business” was a lousy strategy. However, as my spouse says the best and only good thing he did was to see education being started for all. So the more educated you and you won’t put up with Mao’s approach and it isn’t working any more and even the ME is slowly waking up to reality of freedom and rights. History is fantastic!

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    • Carrie2 says:

      wheatie2, for centuries and especially England thought that “diplomacy” was the only key to grow and maintain their hard hearted approaches, i.e., literally thinking they owned India and ruled there and then the Indians had it and England lost as their minds were on diplomacy and not recognizing other human beings in their “ownership” of countries. England thought by dividing India into many countries was a good thing. WRONG! as we have seen over the last century. You can only own the people so long and then there is a huge explosion from implosion. Times are achangin’ in so many ways.

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  11. Anonynegro says:

    “sad panda” usually refers to Exhentai, lol

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  12. trumpismine says:

    President Trump is saving our nation in about every way just a man can accomplish. how? Because the Hand of God is guiding him. Dear Lord, please help this man help us and thank you for answering our prayers.

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  13. WVPatriot says:

    Sundance,

    Thank you for three wonderful years of brilliant research within your excellent articles.

    President Trump will MAGA next week.

    God bless America!

    I have not stopped grinning since election night in November 8th, 2016!!!

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  14. Laurie Churchill says:

    And the,Deep State is very, very deep into China’s pocket. “There are trillions at stake.They are extremely desperate

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  15. baggywrinkle says:

    and those bonds, 3trillion or near enough would be fair exchange for chinas intellectual theift, I wonder if they have thought that through
    Oh and our patents on secret stuff, do you want a few of them for another 2 trillion?
    No we will keep them
    Trump hand is stacked, just brilliant

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  16. A2 says:

    I should calm down. This is a subject close to me for thirty-five years as I have watched it unfold, the twists and turns, the fate of the policies, the push and pull.

    At first I thought that Xi was reforming and cracking down on the corrupt. I was soon disabused. He used it as a means of consolidating his power. Yes those people were corrupt, but so is he himself (see the Panama Papers), and he protected the corrupt that supported him. It was like the Tiananmen Massacre, where at first the students gathered on the anniversary of Wusi 五四运动 to protest corruption and cronyism in the government so hopeful of reform. We know the outcome. Still not officially acknowledged as were the atrocities after the Great Leap Forward or the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution, that spawned the young Xi Jinping. How many died? the estimates are now in the 45 million range.

    That wish for an incorrupt and responsible government has not been fulfilled.

    What is terrifying to me and millions of others is Xi’s aggressive foreign policy and ‘Greater China’ dream. He truly believes that he and the Party may reinstate 定于一尊, one position as the highest authority, make no mistake that is Xi Jinping.

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    • rashomon says:

      Thanks for your extensive reporting, A2. We can hear/feel/taste your frustration, especially if you’ve been experiencing 35 years of watching U.S. leadership fail at a “China policy” that has continued to steal intellectual property at every turn. PDJT and his team appear to have a detailed plan to stop this using trade v. warfare.

      Keep up your good work both reporting and analyzing as these event unfold.

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  17. citizen817 says:

    Will Myanmar Become A Conduit For Iranian Crude Into China?
    On June 1, sometime between the US withdrawal from the JCPOA in early May, and its demand in late June that Asian buyers fully halt Iranian oil purchases, PetroChina snuck in a shipment of Iranian crude through Myanmar to its Yunnan Petrochemical refinery in southern China.

    On any other route, this would have been just another Iranian oil shipment. But using the Myanmar-China oil and gas pipeline brings new complications.

    That’s because the pipeline has a new avatar – it is now a part of China’s Belt and Road Initiative, along with other large infrastructure projects that were not originally a part of BRI, but were included later to boost the profile of the program.

    Sending Iranian crude through an oil pipeline with the “Belt and Road” label removes any doubts of whether BRI’s projects have political motives or not.

    https://hedgeaccordingly.com/2018/08/will-myanmar-become-a-conduit-for-iranian-crude-into-china/

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  18. lokiscout says:

    SD, get some rest! Great article.

    Some of us just love what we do too much. If there is a Mrs Sundance or Special Other I hope she appreciates your devotion to your friends here in the Treehouse.

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    • lotbusyexec says:

      Is there such a thing as a website crush? If so, I have it! Thank you SD – you are our fresh cold glass of water every after a very long dry drought. You are a champion of truth – God Bless YOU and your team of earth angels.

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    • Cat Lady says:

      I suspect Sundance is more than 1 person and maybe as many as half a dozen!!! The group handles site maintenance and other website tech issues as well as research, writing, locating original documents, editing videos etc.

      This may seem like a weird thing to say, but if the White Hats in the IC wanted to have a “public relations” information source (anonymous, of course) CTH would be PERFECT!!!

      Then add in “drops” of raw intel from Q, and there’s your White Hat information campaign (with some disinformation thrown in for good measure)!!

      The official news and info sources for the White Hats?!?!

      Whether that’s true or not,it’s ALL MAGNIFICENTLY DONE AND THANK YOU!!!!

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  19. hatterasgal says:

    Brilliant!!!

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  20. Pyrthroes says:

    Parenthetically, we note a single-sentence news item regarding Trump’s stay at his Bedminster golf course in New Jersey just last week– a private dinner with Apple’s CEO Tom Cook, likely with no more than one or two liaison types. Given Apple’s recent $trillion market valuation (!) plus Cook’s cave-in to China’s continuing high-tech/intellectual property Grand Theft, we expect sub rosa action on this front as well.

    Meantime, the thought of a MzBill incumbency, where Madame chews her cud while cutting pay-to-play side deals with America’s sworn enemies from China to Iran and Putin’s crypto-Soviets, induces visits to the vomitorium.

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    • mj_inOC says:

      Yes, some of us were paying attention when Bill Clinton sold his soul and America to the evil red dragon to get re-elected… I still remember that evil smile on his face.
      Thank God for President Trump.

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  21. Akindole says:

    It’s almost like the United States of America is a superpower again.
    Who wooda thunk it?

    “… China never saw it, meaning the sum totality of “all of it”, coming….”

    The better part of it is watching the top financial media outlets (cf. C.V. Payne’s crew et al.) , day after day, stand in front of it and continually get it wrong.

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  22. daughnworks247 says:

    This is the piece. This is it. THIS is what Sundance picked up on MONTHS (if not a year) ago. A big picture view takes a special skill to see and Sundance has mad skills. Sundance saw the pieces of the puzzle as President Trump and his team skipped across the globe, bleeding China from every possible angle. Death by 1000 cuts and the Chinese never saw it coming. Treasury and banking, Commerce Department WTO investigations and trade deals with Chinese proxies (like Mexico), even the recent bump in military budget and announcement of Space Force, squeezes China.
    The ability to see around corners makes Sundance the best, the absolute best, political writer of our time. I’m grinning from ear to ear, happy to be here, because I get it. We really get it. We can see it coming.
    We’re pounding the table with glee. Thank you, Sundance.

    THIS is the Trump Doctrine. It’s a PhD crash course on how to win at Geopolitics by limiting the options of your opponent. It’s brilliant and it’s 100% pure Donald John Trump. I keep shaking my head and thinking, “Why haven’t we done this for the past 240 years?”. Whether or not President Trump builds them a golden bridge to retreat across is up to President Trump. Play nicely with the USA.

    It’s the same “whole of government” approach Pompeo alluded to for Iran just this week. Team Trump has been whipping on Iran by strengthening Saudi – his first overseas trip. Remember how the pundits were so surprised when Team Trump went to the Sword Dance in Saudi? Remember the red carpet reception? Melania descending from Air Force One in the black, flowing pantsuit? Trump knew and his team knew, but no one else could see it.
    Team Trump embraced Egypt, Al Sisi said “President Trump can do anything”.
    Jordan – has anyone met with President Trump more than King Abdullah?
    Team Trump even managed to get Israel and Saudi to talk and work together (Did you ever think?)
    Plus, something, obviously, is going on between President Trump and Putin of Russia. We don’t think it’s bad – more like President Trump planted the NEXT seed in Helsinki.
    Further, President Trump squeezed Iran by working with the GCC by inspiring them to lead, and their attitude changed 180 degrees overnight.
    We played good cop/bad cop with Qatar.
    Trump is picking a fight with Turkey, lauding the Kurds, annihilating ISIS, cutting off Iran’s rich pimp cousins in crime Germany/France, even sanctioning Chinese/Indian oil purchases beyond November.
    … and then, there’s those big-shiny-bright US Navy Battleships in the Persian Gulf.
    Yeah, those little pesky little Iranian patrol boats probably won’t be a problem for Sec Mattis or our newly unleashed US Sailors. The ‘Rules of Engagement’ have definitely changed.

    What a glorious time to be alive.
    You know, it could be… wait for it….. President Trump is COLLUDING with the US media to provide the perfect distractions for our team to work, shore up the economy, and reorder the world.
    Bwwhahhaaaaa.
    Thank you, MSM, for providing the white noise, distracting our enemies, and being such a willful foil.

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    • Tonawanda says:

      Wow! Your mind also works 24/7! Great post!

      Amazing to me you can keep such lucid retention of so many details.

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    • pyromancer76 says:

      Yes, Daughworks247. What a glorious time to be alive,

      I would like to make one historical correction. “This is the piece. This is it. THIS is what Sundance picked up on MONTHS (if not a year) ago.”

      I’m being a bit presumptious, but Sundance has understood the basic geopoliticlal realities — and that economics is at its foundation — from way before his time as a blogger genius and investigative reporter.

      Also President Trump has had his geopolitical wisdom from way before his presidency as well. He is getting his chance to implement the wisdom of his last 50 years, Sundance, from a similar geo-econ-political outlook, is beautifly placed to explain it to us — to educate us in American wisdom that used to be understood and taught in American education,

      I say this because what Sundance is teaching us in briliant broad and subtle detail is what I learned at the university and post-grad level. Sundance is adding many strokes and details that fill out the picture in amazing ways.

      I had a magnificent education focused around the classics of Western Civ and the American Republc. I chose history as my major because of a genius professor, among others, who, believe it or not came from Harvard — when it was a premier institution of education, not propaganda.

      Imagine what our educational system would be like — how many Trumps and Sundances it would produce (yes, I also know they are wonderfully unique) — If we returned to the basic principles that produce freedom, individual means of thinking and acting, and an overall purpose of integrity, at home and in the world. Projecting power for the purposes of peace is the bottom line of that integrity.

      I am now a psychoanalyst (second career) and know from intimate experience how much meaning a person’s life begins to have when they get a taste of the truth of their life, experience love of life, and begin to take responsibility for their actions instead of spewing it.all around outside of themselves. Only JudeoChristianEnlightenment background makes this possible in this depth and with this commitment. The individual with integrity is born and a society that supports that integrity out of freedom is possible. This outcome requires a strong, loving family. Governments are only servants to these purposes.

      Thank you, Sundance, for sharing your wisdom with all of us.

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      • yzest5121 says:

        My what a mouthful! I began reading initially thinking you were responding to the comment by Diana247. As I read, however, I felt that I should offer this reply.

        Also working on my second career (while recovering from my first), I it has taken me much time and humble pie to listen better and to empathize. I have learned that we who have had “magnificent educations” (a subjective assessment best judged by others) assume, without basis, those around us have been less “well educated”. Having been at least as fortunate as you, I now assume (until proven wrong), that those like Diana247 are probably a lot smarter and “magnificently educated” than me, particularly since my most meaningful and rewarding “magnificent education” has been experience mercifully distant from the niceties of hallowed halls like Hahvud.

        Often, when we assume to offer our insight, we are merely talking to ourselves. Perhaps your preliminary thought about being “presumptuous” betrays some introspection. Nonetheless, you should be proud to have experienced and reached a place of integrity and peace, surrounded by a loving family about which you speak with such passion and length. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. I am sure that your experiences can help those you assist in therapy. Perhaps I am the one being presumptuous now; but I am going to jump off the edge anyway. A little more focus on and responsiveness to the those around you, and less need to us all all about you, would go a long way to making therapy more productive and you a better therapist.

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    • Psycho Monkee says:

      Teriffic piece 247. Always stop to read your posts. Satisfying. 👍

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  23. TigerBear says:

    LOVING IT!

    All the while the lamestream media goes on and on about porn whores and lying whores. ROFLMAO By the time they figure out what our President is doing…..the deal will be done!

    Sundance,you are a genius in your own right! Thank you for breaking complicated business down to my understanding! You rock!! 👍🏽👍🏽🙂

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  24. Colt Lending says:

    Yesterday a friend of mine said’ “Hey, don’t you love that guy?”

    I said, “President Trump? Oh yea, he is really crushing it. Wages adjusted for inflation up 3%, Black, Mexican and Asian heritage unemployment down to record levels, productivity up 2.9%, and look at the restaurant, it’s packed.”

    He said, “Yea, and interest rates are still relatively and historically low.”

    Then I said something that befuddled him, but then he ultimately got it. I said, “When POTUS says you’re a really good friend of his, you know you’re in BIG trouble.”

    Of course those who actually are have nothing to fear.

    It’s where, when and how he says it.

    Those who are shorting America are learning that.

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    • Dixie says:

      Yeah, enemies beware when he talks about what a great person you are – a regular habit of his. (We should be smart enough to learn from that.)

      Kinda like the french poodle and the german shepherd. The shepherd barks and gets their attention while the poodle sneaks up behind them and bites them on the ankle.

      I always compare everything to dogs because I love dawgs.

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    • Some Old Guy says:

      Trump’s praise of some may not always be what it appears, but increasingly I think it’s even more clear that criticism by Trump of others (i.e., Sessions) is worse.

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  25. MVW says:

    Pillburry sees China as between denial and whatever comes next.

    Look, 2018 midterms are near and Trump is a genius with plans between now and then that we have not seen. We can expect the real hammer on the DhimmiRats when we see it and it will be a tsunami Red Wave.

    It would appear that the Chinese did not expect Trump to be so successful politically. Now they have doubts in the DhimmiRats and RepubliRats ability to deliver.

    So the question for them is do they strike a deal early when there could be a bargain or do they double down and wait, only to really get screwed?

    Based on Pillsbury I would wager that China will double down and then get screwed. In the long term this will be better for the US and I suspect Trump is expecting China to be stupid and double down.

    Strap in.

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  26. KittyKat says:

    “Only President Trump could use economic leverage with such incredible insight and strategy toward achieving dual results benefiting the U.S. economy and U.S. national security position. It really is stunning when you stand back and look at how it has all played out…. in the open…. and yet seemingly no-one saw what he was doing.”

    That was a tremendous post, Sundance.

    Even though his stated desires, goals and actions are America First, I do not believe that means grinding other nations into abject poverty. Yes he uses punitive sanctions and squeezes to correct bad behaviors and practices but I am certain the fullness of his vision for America First includes all nations humming along peacefully, prospering, and treating their peoples well — as being the key to securing America’s permanent security.

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  27. TwoLaine says:

    I saw this live last night and enjoyed it tremendously, as did both Tucker and Mr. Pillsbury. It echoed what the Michael Goodwin piece said earlier this week. It was yet another good one that President TRUMP tweeted.

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  28. itswoot says:

    “Only President Trump could use economic leverage with such incredible insight and strategy toward achieving dual results benefiting the U.S. economy and U.S. national security position.”
    – sundance

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  29. So, the Chinese admit that President Trump plays 3D chess and is a strategical genius.

    3D Chess/Strategical Genius.

    Who here thinks President Trump’s ability to play 3D chess as a strategical genius is limited to dealing with China? Catch my drift?

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  30. Brian L says:

    Rubbing the Panda’s belly while stealing its bamboo, great strategy.

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  31. Mr BiG Time says:

    Sundance is a Wolverine ! Hello Sundance !! Thank you for all of this great info and analysis.

    What animal pic would be best fit?

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  32. Critical Mass says:

    Ah! Facade of inscrutable oriental beginning to crack!

    As usual, Sundance does a brilliant job of analyzing and explaining the intricate interplay of strategies behind America’s current trade relationships with other countries. For someone without a clue regarding economics – such as myself – these articles are a wonderful resource. Sundance has a gift for demystifying mumbo jumbo, and for presenting arguments in a clear way such as to enable the reader to follow a line of reasoning with some degree of confidence and comprehension. Not only does the reader come away more informed about a specific situation i.e. China, but also more enlightened about the universal factors that are fundamental to geopolitical dynamics i.e. national productivity, intellectual capital, diplomatic alliances, natural resources, internal political systems, and the connection between economic and military leverage.

    My background is in music, writing and graphic design, so I am extremely attuned to patterns, forms, balance, inflections, nuances and connections. My perspective on this article comes from that background and is based on the foundations of accumulated nitty gritty detail and information provided by Sundance. Hope this is not presumptuous, and it is in no way intended to detract from Sundance’s conclusions, but rather to enhance and reinforce those conlcusions.

    My perspective is as follows. Below the surface of observable, tangible and material changes in geopolitical dynamics, so well noted by Sundance, there is a tectonic existential change in the relationships between the leaders of world powers. And this has to do with the character of President Trump and the people he has chosen to be members of his team. This character comes from a moral code based on honesty, hard work, self-reliance, allegiance to the idea of national sovereignty, and above all a resolute commitment to honoring one’s obligations to protect the citizens who put their trust and faith in an elected president to do so. This moral code is simple, robust, but above all practical. It bases its value on outcomes that are beneficial to people, rather than to ideologies or the power plays of corrupt and ambitious individuals.

    This moral code works by putting the goal posts back in place: reciprocity, fairness and peace not appeasement. No more getting away with back room deals, insider lobby groups, and I’ll-scratch-your-back-if-you-scratch-mine deals, which have had a mostly destructive effect on the lives of ordinary people.

    Strategies and tactical manoeuvres are necessary to sustain the vision of that moral code, but they are not the end in themselves. World leaders and people in power would do well to understand this. Many will continue to try and carry out their harmful agendas, but they will be seen for what they are. The winds of change will see to that.

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    • Jenny R. says:

      Part of the pattern is that China is following the same pattern as what happened to China vis a vis the Western powers during the 19th/20th centuries. They establish a foothold, establish economic ties (primarily through loans of such magnitude that the other country can’t pay it off, at which point they demand other things from them besides money, and they demand that their culture be “studied” rather taken on by the trade partners).
      This is what they are doing all over the world, yes, here too. Even down to the support of the drug trade.
      However, within this plan are seeds of destruction — it destroyed the British after all, and no one should place bets that China’s attempt at “rule Brittania” will last as long as we live in a different age.
      And our President has studied history.

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    • Beenthere says:

      I agree with you wholeheartedly. But then what you are describing is only good for 8 years; ie, until the next president.

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      • Critical Mass says:

        What you say could be very true, but President Trump and his team have raised the bar on public expectations of elected leaders. There will be many young people from the next generation who will be observing all this, and who will learn and be inspired by the same ideals or moral code. It is a light that can never be extinguished.

        Who knows? All one can do is believe.

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  33. This had to have been gamed out awhile ago. Think how wonderful to know brilliant minds have been strategizing the take-back of our republic on this level!

    I am humbled. Thank God for President Trump, his Team USA and the Deplorables!!

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  34. Phil Free says:

    Some people work well under pressure. Some, do not. Some do not work at all.
    But then there’s President Trump. See that calm? One in a million.

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    • Texian says:

      Yeah.. I know that type.. I was honored to have worked with a few of them offshore that had made it out of Vietnam.. The whole platform could be raining down around us, cranes falling, all hell breaking loose.. and you would think they were by the pool in their backyard, standing tall calmly and firmly giving orders, all in the midst of chaos.. and right in the shit by our side..

      They are called.. Leaders.. Legendary Men..

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  35. Beenthere says:

    What an incredible interview! To me this shows the drastic difference between Judeo-Christian philosophy and other (Confucius?) in the larger scheme of things.

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  36. GumboPot says:

    Great write up Sundance. I’m really happy you are doing this work and keeping us informed because the MSM sure isn’t.

    I LOL’d hard at Kudlow.

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  37. Plain Jane says:

    First step in correcting a wayward child – confront them with what they are doing wrong.

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  38. Dennis says:

    I love this site. It is indispensable.

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  39. James Hilton says:

    Almost all Western leaders since the Cold War have been progressives (Clinton’s, Blair, Bush family, Cameron, Obama, Merkel, Trudeau, May) … until Trump who is just reinstating the Reagan doctrine. What we are seeing now is what would have happened if the progressive neo-Marxist left had not taken over the West after the end of the Cold War. And remember that Trump was only elected because of the primary electoral system in the U.S. which meant that progressives, who for the most part completely control who stands for election almost everywhere else, could not stop a libertarian/conservatives candidate from being elected in America.

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  40. CNN_sucks says:

    Panda was caught off guard because they got used bribing US politicians. The BS Of them all that pandas pitching to big corp access to millions of potential chinese customers is F*cking ruse. Big corp setting up shops in china is another way to steal IP.

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  41. Stab, the unstoppable hero says:

    No matter how many times President Trump has said that – In order to get negotiations started I will often set unrealistic goals.” (or words similar to those). The “experts” keep saying it’s not supposed to work that way.
    Then it begins to work,
    And they’re amazed !!!
    It’s like a Trump rally. Never gets old.

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  42. Sharon says:

    In other words – “Just because I’m not yelling and throwing things should not be taken to mean that I don’t know what I’m doing or that I don’t mean what I say.”

    This knowledgeable businessman creates enormous confusion in those who are accustomed to US leadership that is constantly posturing and using political spin combined with manipulative role play.

    berry soetero loved roleplaying even though he was/is genuinely clueless about reality. Most “leaders” of the last many decades have been as useless as soetero even though most were not as obvious. Justin from Canada is berry’s brother in these things.

    POTUS does not make threats. He provides information at the time of his choosing, about what he will do or won’t do. And then he does what he says.

    Very, very few of the yahoos in U.S. bureaucracies, agencies, and governmental staff positions have EVER seen anyone in authority who also worked with this kind of clarity, skill, and tested knowledge. Little wonder that they hate him.

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  43. usaproud7 says:

    Another day that I MUST take my daily dose of WINNAMENS!
    Bless You SD!

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  44. trapper says:

    “China’s geopolitical ally, Russia,”

    Well, yes, recently historically, but only to a point. Don’t make too much of it.

    Play a little game. Take Russian collusion stories and overlay them on top of China news. Loral, NAFTA, Third Way, TPP, China. Google around with various combinations of them. Then consider that “Russia! Russia! Russia!” may be little more than a distraction, a misdirection, to prevent everyone from realizing CHINA! CHINA! CHINA!

    The just for giggles:

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  45. Publius2016 says:

    see this is another area where Obama Policies were the opposite of America First! with the largest oil reserves in the world, Obama lets Russia and China take over Venezuela! Hello??? ever heardmof the Monroe Doctrine? American Policy in the Americas is controlling…we will let no other foreign power control the resources of any latin american country…Maduro’s government will fall once these fake news Russia Russia Russia stories finally die!!! we need cooperation with Russia to solve one of the world’s main problems: Gobalism! back to national svereignty, ok!

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  46. TheWanderingStar says:

    While the ChiComs are very clever and deceptive in their dealings with others they are really not creative thinkers and the notion of “win-win” is not a part of their culture. Their reality of the past 40+ years has now been upset; they are on their heels and they are trying to regain their balance – by militaristic encroachment into the South China Sea, threatening the EU, paying off US companies and politicians – these are their well worn Chinese solutions.

    Now is the time for our great PDJT to hit them hard – cut the belt and close the road.

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  47. Doug Amos says:

    You are just as brilliant Sun Dance and we all give thanks for you on a daily basis. You were far ahead of the mob when it came to the Ohrs and you are just as far ahead on Mr Trump’s tariff manipulations. The boys on Red Eye describe themselves as objective observers yet they continue to be dumbfounded by the tariffs when a 4th grade math class could solve their bewilderment. It’s about trade imbalances! Thanks again for educating us, calming our fears and giving us hope.

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  48. James Street says:

    I’ve become a huge fan of President Trump’s books. One thing that’s always clear is that his deals are win/win. If some work he needs done should cost $100, he won’t let the worker charge him $110, but he also won’t pay $90 if it will harm the worker. But he is always looking for deals like distressed properties.

    I believe President Trump sincerely wants China to win. But it won’t happen if they continue being a crime syndicate. The way I see it, under President Trump’s policies they will either continue being a crime syndicate and collapse into a third world economy, or they will stop the economic aggression and stop the IP theft and become a successful economy the honest hard way.

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  49. jefcool64 says:

    We give pandas the best squeezes don’t we folks?

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