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It had to happen. It was predictable, and everyone saw it coming. Therefore it should not be a surprise that there is an impending trade war with China. Let’s discuss and document some of the issues.
China has grown stronger, and this is good. What is not good is their increasingly aggressive trade and military stances in the world. Their military buildup in the disputed South China Sea islands has antagonized all their neighbours and has destabilized the region. Using Chinese Coast Guard vessels to hassle indigenous Philippine fishermen, in their own waters, is not friendly. There are kidnappings of Chinese businessmen from Thailand, which is completely out of China’s jurisdiction. There are also Chinese influence and incursions into foreign politics that many countries such as Australia, find distasteful.
- Forced technological transfer to Chinese companies, if you wish to sell product in China
- Claiming the South China Sea and all islands as Chinese, with historical reasoning.
- blatant human rights abuses against not only their own citizens, but also those of Taiwan and Hong Kong
- Tolerance of an increasingly nuclear North Korea