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    Quote Originally Posted by astralis View Post
    the irony about all of this is, as deeply stupid as the tariffs/trade war is, i still support it...because at least -something- is being done with respect to China.

    Trump's conflation of standard protectionism and much more legit PRC IP theft issues is not ideal, but if it is the means by which the latter can be addressed, then that's the price that needs to be paid.

    the worst type of deal, which I'm glad the administration did not take, would be for China to just fob Trump off with some lousy additional wheat/soybean sales.
    Sorry, can't agree with that.

    US (and other OECD) companies love to yell and scream to congress critters about IPR theft, but when they're not on the record, the story changes:
    • Really making an effort to protect their property falls in the "too hard" category.
    • Participating in markets where IPR theft is rampant is too lucrative to miss.
    • Having the US Government play the bad guy is really useful.



    Then there's the target: foreign-invested companies doing business in China. Boy, those SOE executives must be busting a guy laughing at The Trumpet's poor aim.

    Probably much more important, slapping around your own citizens to get someone else to change their behavior is incredibly stupid.
    Trust me?
    I'm an economist!

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    Politicians are elected to serve...far too many don't see it that way - Albany Rifles!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DOR View Post
    Probably much more important, slapping around your own citizens to get someone else to change their behavior is incredibly stupid.
    The idea is to make Chinese products uncompetitive in the long run. Trump's policies w.r.t China has acceptance from all over the spectrum. His methods might be questionable as Astralis laid out, but the motive is justified.
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