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Sideline China with Free Trade

Posted on AllSides February 26th, 2024
From The Right
Trade, China, Free Trade, National Security, Economy & Jobs
Luba Myts

The U.S. should seek trade agreements for both economic and security reasons

The decline of the Soviet Union in the 1980s profoundly changed the environment for U.S. trade policy. Trade relationships that disproportionately benefited America’s partners lost a crucial geostrategic justification. Yet the U.S. did not adjust. Outdated trade policy eventually helped breed a sustained protectionist reaction.

But protectionists now risk mirroring the pro-trade side’s earlier mistake. The world has changed again — the People’s Republic of China (PRC) is not only a military threat, it’s also an economic-security threat through its...

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