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China caving on trade….

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If Trump is so incompetent,  why has he gotten China to agree to truly meaningful trade reforms in less than two years when America has sought such reform for more than a decade?  Oh,  he must be more lucky than his predecessor who was supposed to be able to persuade anyone of anything.

It might have something  to do with  Trump’s threat to increase a 10%  tariff on $200 billion of Chinese exports to a 25% tariff on March 1.  China has long depended on selling to the world, especially America,  and stealing intellectual property from us .  I haven’t bought anything made in China for years,  but if the entire U.S. market were closed to it,  Americans would be somewhat inconvenienced,  but China would be staring at bankruptcy.

 

 

 

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February 3, 2019 at 3:29 pm

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China needs soybeans…

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If you’re going to get into a pissing contest with Donald J. Trump,  it might serve you well to be certain you can feed your people and serve your markets  without purchasing  soybeans from the USA.   It might also be useful for you to employ someone able to see that South America is suffering a shortage of the product,  so that even if china can import more from Argentina,  the latter country will likely have to import additional supplies from America.

Goodness,  this international trade stuff is really interconnected and difficult,  ain’t it?

 

 

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August 9, 2018 at 2:17 pm

Chinese space junk…

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The Chinese space station everyone had their panties in a wad over didn’t land in  the forecasted  ocean,  but it mostly  burned up  upon reentry,  so there were no injuries reported,  nor was there much of a celestial show.  Yawn….

 

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April 3, 2018 at 6:46 pm

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Chinese snow festival…

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Snow sculptures are beautiful to look at,  but likely brutal to execute.   This festival  in China attract millions of visitors despite temperatures near zero.

 

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February 18, 2018 at 2:53 pm

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China’s economy explained…

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For those of us who find China’s pronouncements about its closed economy as understandable and clear as the Federal Reserve’s ruminations about the U.S. economy,  Sundance at Conservative Treehouse offers  some timely  explanations.

If you can do basic math,  something apparently quite beyond most politicians,  the very premise of a centrally planned economy strikes you as very odd indeed.   How can it work?   Short answer — it can’t,  and it doesn’t unless you are a good enough bully to insure that the flows of your desired materials continues.   You should be cheered by Sundance’s take that Trump and his cabinet understand the inherent weaknesses of China along with other command economies,  and are skillfully applying pressure to the weakest points to increase our leverage.   I happen to agree.

Trump is a businessman and entrepreneur,  and he has successfully completed projects in some of the world’s toughest venues,  so he has a much better than average understanding of economies and their weak points.   You need not understand much of this to realize that China is responding to the Trump Administration’s moves because it has realized it is dealing with a very,  very different sort of president than it had with His Oneness.

 

 

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October 22, 2017 at 4:03 pm

They would say this…

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China is whining that the world,  by which it means Pres. Trump,  must stop saying that  China is responsible  for North Korea.  The problem is that China has not only allowed NoKo to exist,  its has propped it up when necessary and derived great benefit from allowing the rogue state to bedevil and blackmail the West with threats of nuclear and chemical and biological warfare.

Pres. Trump has called the Chinese on it,  and Chinese officials are both furious and worried.  Most of Europe is still hiding under their desks qivering.

 

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July 12, 2017 at 5:13 pm

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Why would…

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…fidget spinners be catching on fire?   Probably because  some of them are manufactured in China,  which is none too concerned with how many Americans or their pets its products harm.   The usual culprit seems to be the new lithium-ion batteries,  which are touchy at best and prone to objecting to the tight tolerances required for modern products.

 

 

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July 2, 2017 at 6:24 pm