Trump’s trade policies with China and global ambitions on both sides of the ocean: Letters

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Re “China’s global ambitions” (March 28):

I take affront at a journalist who misleads the readers and writes disparaging remarks about the Obama administration and gives high marks to the Trump administration’s policy toward China.

For example, in the area of our trade imbalance with China, comparing Trump’s four years in office with Obama’s first four years, the former exceeded the latter’s total trade imbalance by $339 million.

That is, under Trump, though he put up a big front and started a trade war with China, it had no impact on our trade imbalance and only hurt our farmers in the Midwest, which resulted in Trump subsidizing them in billions of dollars for their losses.

Trump also “foolishly” — a label used by the columnist to describe Obama’s policy toward China — terminated Obama’s efforts to form a Trans-Pacific Partnership, a strategic trade alliance with other Asian countries, including Australia, that excluded China and would have promoted export growth for the U.S. businesses well into the future.

It appears that the only businesses that gained from Trump’s policy toward China were the Trump family as they acquired trademark rights from the Chinese government while he was president.

— Larry Naritomi, Monterey Park

Dividing America: where will it end and how many sectors will there be?

The destruction of the American political system is just about completed.

When a single, decadent dominance is able to command the government with runaway powers to tax, stymie elections, silence opposition, control major media channels like newspapers, TV news, the internet and high tech companies, it’s time to wake up and smell the corruption.

Is it any coincidence in the last few years that Muslims, then Jews, then LGBTQ community, then Blacks, now Asians, are being divided, along with the never-ending defamation of the White American male? I’m sad to see such divisions taking place in our country, but with the gullibility of the indifferent, uneducated and fanatical at even the lowest level of politics, the ugly climate of this country is only going to get worse.

— Deborah Paul, Rancho Palos Verdes