China will love Trump’s trade policy

Whether it’s from Donald Trump or Bernie Sanders, the anti-trade movement in the US presidential election would boost China’s prospects, not America’s.
Source: DonaldJTrump.com
Source: DonaldJTrump.com

Free trade has become a major topic in the US presidential election. Both Republicans and Democrats are campaigning against free trade. If the US turns its back on trade, though, it won’t be American workers who will benefit. It may be China’s.

Donald Trump, the leading contender for the Republican ticket, has threatened to erect a 35% tariff barrier against imports from China and Japan. Bernie Sanders, the self-proclaimed socialist competing for the Democratic nomination, says American workers should not have to compete with those in China or Mexico.

The force of the anti-globalization mood in the primary campaign is such that even Hillary Clinton, a chief...

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