Ending the Dangerous U.S. Dependence on China

Workers on a production line manufacturing masks at a factory in Shanghai, China, January 31, 2020. (Aly Song/Reuters)
As the pandemic has made clear, the U.S., and the West as a whole, cannot continue to depend on an authoritarian rival state for strategically important goods.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE I t is not necessary to agree with all of President Donald Trump’s foreign policies in order to agree with one of his foreign policies. His approach to China is a case in point.

Since it emerged late last year, the coronavirus has brought into sharp focus the outlines of the international system and amplified long-standing tensions between Washington and Beijing. Many of Trump’s critics have identified him as part of the problem, arguing that an “America first” foreign policy — which was written into the official National Security Strategy that his administration published in 2017 — at best undermines international cooperation

Andrew Foxall is the director of research at the Henry Jackson Society, the international-affairs think tank.

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