Magazine May 28, 2018, Issue

One-Dimensional Chess

President Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping arrive at a state dinner at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, November 9, 2017. (Thomas Peter/Reuters)
The administration needs a better trade policy if it wants to cope with China

On trade, President Trump is playing one-dimensional chess. Credit where due: At least Trump, unlike his predecessors, recognizes that a game is on and that America has opponents whose moves must be countered. But sliding a jumble of pieces forward and backward into collisions and retreats is no way to make progress.

Across the board sits China, a country that has systematically developed its economy at America’s expense, stealing our intellectual property and flooding our market with artificially cheap products while denying our producers access to its market. That we are already in a trade war, and have been for

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