Jul 16, 2023

Former Trade Policy Chief Plans Trump’s New China Strategy: ‘Decoupling’

In a new book, former U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer warns of an America economically dependent on China.
Former Trade Policy Chief Plans Trump’s New China Strategy: ‘Decoupling’
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What’s happening: In his new book No Trade Is Free, Robert Lighthizer, the former U.S. trade representative under the Trump administration, warns the U.S. must disentangle itself from China’s expansive economy, calling for a “strategic decoupling” between American and Chinese markets. His comments come amid booming trade between the two nations, which reached an all-time high in 2022. He advocates for more tariffs, increasing scrutiny on Chinese investments in the U.S., and a ban on Chinese social media companies.

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