In his Tuesday, Aug. 27 column, Mr. Will makes any number of valid points in seeking to paint President Trump as the villain in the burgeoning trade war with China. Will makes no secret of his disdain for Trump, and while shining his impressive verbal spotlight on the negative aspects of Trump’s foreign trade policy, he completely ignores the central reason for that policy: For years — decades, even — China has been eating our lunch in trade, particularly in the requirements it has placed on manufacturers wishing to do business there. The Chinese government subsidizes its manufacturers, controls wages, requires the mandatory sharing of proprietary technology achieved at great cost and imposes a host of other unfair trade requirements, requirements to which, until Trump, we have meekly submitted.
Yes, there will be a period during which the fight against trade imbalance with China will cost our economy and result in some painful belt-tightening. Our farmers in particular will feel these effects, but China has begun to feel its own discomfort and has just now asked for a continuation of trade talks. In the long run, what Trump is achieving will create a much fairer balance of commerce between the two nations. Trump’s policies are working, and Mr. Will should put aside his obvious dislike for the president, and at least acknowledge his many successes.