The Chinese people are really tired of Washington’s narcissistic spectacle (Global Times editorial)
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Washington has again launched a trial balloon on the question of “Chinese tariffs”. This time, his excuse is China’s countermeasures against US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to the island of Taiwan. US media quoted a “source” familiar with the matter as saying the Biden administration was rethinking potential tariff actions on Chinese goods. Over the past few months, Washington has repeatedly sent conflicting signals on the tariff issue. One minute he says he’s considering removing some tariffs on China. But the next day, he says he will keep tariffs as leverage in the power game against China. The whole process is like a face-changing show performed by Washington in front of the world.
Imposing additional tariffs on Chinese products is a stupid and wrong decision made by Washington. He mistakenly attributed the problems of the United States to the argument that China is making American money and stealing American technology. The United States went against economic laws and ignored international rules to launch the trade war against China, believing that it can make China “spit out what it ate”. However, in the years since the start of the trade war, China’s foreign trade has not been strangled, and on the contrary, it has even set historical records, including the Sino-China trade volume figure. Americans. Washington officials have explicitly acknowledged that some of the tariffs put in place by the previous administration were not strategic and instead increased costs for Americans. U.S. consumers bear 92.4% of the costs of tariffs on Chinese products, according to a report by Moody’s Investors Service last year.
An unconditional cancellation of tariffs on Chinese products is not at all a “show of goodwill” from the United States towards China, even less a “gift”, but a mistake to be corrected. In fact, Washington’s “tariff war” is going nowhere.
The Biden administration is injured by a boulder lifted and dropped by the Trump administration. But Washington is suffering now and still thinks of “removing tariffs” in exchange for something. The United States is so narcissistic that it thinks a single glance could destabilize China, swinging it on considerations of gain and loss and thus pressing it to make concessions. But frankly, few people in China care about these messages, so they can hardly cause a wave. Chinese society is already tired of the show the United States has put on.
Washington sends out complex and sometimes contradictory signals on the tariff issue. This is a “political survival instinct” to avoid the accusation of “being soft on China” in the toxic atmosphere of the United States towards China. This time, the United States once again showed its “toughness” on tariffs as a sort of response to the current situation in the Taiwan Strait. It seems to be more of an act aimed at politicians and public opinion at home, because otherwise they cannot account for what they have achieved.
This reflects at least one thing: America’s ability and effectiveness in correcting policy mistakes is drastically diminishing. In recent years, an absurd scene has taken place in Washington: politicians are canvassing, and the contest no longer focuses on policy proposals that can better promote the development of the American economy and resolve conflicts in the American company. Instead, it’s about who’s toughest on China. Once a candidate shows a slight trace of a rational and pragmatic attitude towards China, the attitude could become that politician’s “weakness”. However, isn’t the trend showing real weakness as politicians give in to radical sentiment and public opinion in the United States?
Moreover, the United States is the only superpower in the world. He was always the bully, but when was he bullied by others? At the realistic level of China-US relations, the United States has always been the one who provokes China, so where does this “be soft on China” rhetoric come from? It is a psychological disease in politics that must be treated. The endless competition over “who is tougher on China” will cause Washington to lose its own personality and the courage to renew itself. Moreover, the overall posture that the United States has shown to the world is becoming less and less honorable and more and more erratic.
The Chinese philosopher Confucius once said, “The noble man is always comfortable with himself, while the inferior man is always anxious.” China’s attitude has always been clear and consistent on the tariff issue. We urge the United States to unconditionally remove all additional tariffs imposed on China as soon as possible. It is in its national interest and it shows its responsibility to the world as a great power. Washington must not act like an inferior man and use tariffs to negotiate with China or even blackmail China. Otherwise, he will surely face setbacks.