Outside the Box: Trump is right on trade

Trade War! Since Donald Trump’s election, his critics have attempted to whip up hysterical opposition to his plans to rebuild America’s faltering manufacturing and technology base by addressing bad trade deals and unfair foreign practices that harm the U.S. economy.

In particular, they are alarmed about the president’s confrontation of the predatory Chinese, who through theft, intimidation, and cyber hacking, have degraded America’s growth while boosting China’s. Moreover, President Xi Jinping has used the ill-gotten gains not just to build gleaming skyscrapers and technology parks, but also to challenge the U.S. militarily by turning small islands along world trade routes in the South China Sea into armed bastions and by developing a host of modern weapons, such as killer satellites.

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