A selection of key articles on the USA’s burgeoning trade war with China. This has got less attention than the April 22 military strike on Syria and the subsequent escalation of violence in the Middle East – but its implications are every bit as serious, for China, East Asia, and the rest of the world.
By the editors, May 18 2018. Views expressed by writers do not necessarily represent those of the editors.
China, multipolarity and the world order
Danny Haiphong interviews Ajit Singh. April, 2018: Singh is a political analyst, writer, and lawyer. His work has appeared in progressive outlets such as Truthout, TeleSUR English, and the Monthly Review Online. Singh’s articles in these publications have centered on developments in and around China.
Originally published by Black Agenda Report
By Jeff Schubert, April 2018. There has recently been renewed focus and commentary on “Eurasia.” But, what is Eurasia, and why is it important? Is it to be a new center of influence and power in the world? Is it to be the tool of one country – perhaps China – for achieving its own ends?
Originally published in Strategic Review
The economic background to the trade war
Justin Yifu Lin, 28 Mar 2018. Until the 1970s, the United States’ foreign trade was largely balanced. Beginning in the middle of that decade, however, the trade surplus for services increased significantly, while the deficit for goods started to expand. This imbalance has become a key concern in American political and economic circles. President Donald Trump argues that the widening US external deficit reflects unfair international rules that benefit its trade partners, with China receiving the most attention. Justin Yifu Lin disputes this conclusion.
Originally published on Project Syndicate
John Ross, May 3 2018. Donald Trump’s wide-ranging economic tariffs against China, as well as US official and unofficial sanctions against Chinese companies such as ZTE and Huawei, opens a new and uncertain period not just in world trading relations but world politics. A sound understanding of the economic background is essential. The following analysis argues that the US’s trade deficit with China is clearly due to US domestic policy and not to China, and that the facts show the US trade deficit is ‘made in the USA’ and not ‘made in China’.
Originally published on Learning from China.
The Chinese language version of this article was originally published by New Finance.
Brian Becker and John Kiriakou interviewed Jude Woodward and Jack Rasmus for Sputnik Radio’s ‘Spreaker’ on 23 April 2018. At the end of April, the US Department of Commerce banned the Chinese major telecom equipment maker ZTE Corporation for seven years. This huge company could be brought down entirely by this US sanction. This comes a year after it was originally sanctioned for selling equipment to North Korea, in violation of United Nations sanctions. At the time of posting, the ban appears to have been withdrawn, but the confrontation illustrates the seriousness of the issues at stake: the US move sought to frustrate China’s ability to develop, and compete with it, in high-technology sectors, in effect trying to reduce it to the status of a supplier of cheap goods and labour.
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By Jude Woodward, 1 May 2018 The historic first meeting between North Korea’s Kim Jong-un and South Korea’s Moon Jae-in took place despite Donald Trump’s policies towards North Korea, not because of them.
Originally appeared on Jude Woodward’s New Cold War blog
By Brahma Chellaney, Apr 23, 2018. North Korean diplomacy has established that it can no longer be treated as a ‘rogue state’ but must be part of a region-wide, stable, and permanent denuclearisation aimed at removing the threat of war from the region. This poses some tough choices for the United States; it must drop its long-held ambition of controlling the military alliances on China’s maritime border to suit its own interests.
Originally published on Project Syndicate.
China, Marxism and Communism
By John Ross, 26 April 2018. The Politburo of the Communist Party of China (CPC) just held a study session on the Communist Manifesto – something to think about for those who wrongly think China is a capitalist country. In fact it should come as no surprise to those in the West that Marxism is the ideology of the CPC and that Xi Jinping is a very sophisticated Marxist. China after all never disguised it – it always stated the CPC was a Marxist party. Only rather arrogant Western ‘China experts’ thought they knew better than the CPC itself.
Jude Woodward’s book ‘The US vs China: Asia’s new Cold War? is available from Manchester University Press
The US vs China offers vital insight into the underlying currents reshaping the world as it shifts from its transatlantic axis to Asia-centred order, making it a must-read for anyone with an interest in twenty-first-century international affairs. An essential counter to arguments about the “China threat” and the “inevitability of US-China conflict”, the work should find a place on any balanced academic reading list, both undergraduate and graduate.’
Jenny Clegg, China and Asia Pacific specialist, author of China’s Global Strategy: towards a multipolar world, Pluto Press
‘China has burst onto the global political scene, tearing up the established contours of post-1945 international relations. This is a change that affects us all in the most profound ways and is shaping the twenty first century, throwing up fundamental questions: Can US hegemony prevail? Will China be the next global superpower? Does China’s rise present a threat to world peace? In this accessible yet rigorous book, Jude Woodward challenges conventional preconceptions about the implications of China’s rise and suggests that with the US on the decline, China offers hope for the future.’
Kate Hudson, General Secretary of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND)
‘This book provides a timely, thorough and accessible path to understanding the US-China confrontation, which is surely the most significant dynamic in global politics today. In just 260 pages, the author provides a surprisingly detailed account of China’s rise, the different threads of US opposition to that rise, and the multitude of devices being employed by the US in its bid to see off the Asian challenge and secure a “new American century.”‘