Biden expresses this in his oft-repeated formula of rebuilding relations with America’s allies, who were typically treated more as adversaries during the Trump administration. Whereas Biden also proclaims his intent to be tough with China, Russia, and other perceived rivals of the U.S., he is more likely to return to “business as usual” according to the commercial interests of global American companies. For example, Biden is likely to ease away from Trump’s efforts to bully friends and foes alike using extraordinary tariffs in contravention of World Trade Organization (WTO) rules.
This is likely to clear the way for an improvement of U
During successive rounds of negotiations with the Trump administration, China responded to Trump’s unilateral demands with counterproposals of its own, which is the normal practice in trade negotiations. Durable agreements usually result when both sides benefit. Although we lack details of what went on in the private negotiations, indications are that Trump habitually ignored China’s concerns, while simply reiterating his own demands, which, as I have detailed in several previous articles, were often impossible or unlikely for China to concede.
Ironically, many of China’s proposals involved returning to the rules-based system that the U.S. itself helped create during and after World War II, a system Washington supported until Trump. However, a major thrust of Trump’s policy was to reject the institutionalized infrastructure of the global trading system in favor of unilateral demands. Many referred to Trump’s approach as “transactional” rather than legalistic, but this is overly generous, as is now clearer than ever. He has no interest whatsoever of creating rules that would bind the U.S.—or bind himself as president. “Transactional” was a euphemistic synonym for lawless. He didn’t want new rules, procedures or institutions, just acquiescence to his unilateral demands.
China’s recent negotiations with the EU show that Beijing is willing to make significant concessions to further open its economy to foreign companies, but only in the context of mutually binding rules, not as a concession to unilateral demands. The New York Times reported on 23 December that the EU and China had made substantial progress on key issues that have long bedeviled U
However, China is unlikely to offer a similar deal to the U.S. unless there are some carrots on the table, rather than just Trump’s
Some may wonder whether the Trump era is truly dead. It is because Trump’s personality and lawlessness guaranteed that he would self-destruct rather than leaving office with his dignity intact. The mainstream media has long been in awe of the fanatical following Trump managed to inspire, but lacking a real understanding for the frustrations and anxieties that gave wings to Trump’s candidacy in the first place, they have since erred in the opposite direction, assuming Trump has some mystical superpower over his ever-enchanted base.
The reality is more mundane. Trump merely pushed into overdrive tendencies long present among elements of the Republican Party. Instead of more subtle “dog whistles” blaming foreigners, racial minorities and immigrants for the nation’s economic woes, Trump proclaimed bombastically and without a shred of concern for facts or truth what many Republican voters found ecstatically reassuring: Trump posed as their champion against the corrupt Washington politicians coddling corporate donor elites
The Trump family, enjoying multi-generational immunity to profit from corrupt real estate practices, inured Donald against any embarrassment for lawlessness. He could openly brag about his unruliness
Yet the problem with lies is that they tend to proliferate until they imprison the teller in his own web. It was evident to me as early as 2016 that Trump could not understand what a competent political strategist does: discern the difference between lies that are politically expedient and those that eviscerate a self-destructive ego so completely that the liar’s grasp of reality is insufficient to discern his own best interest. This was Trump’s fatal flaw.
Trump called his undisciplined rabble to war against