Washington Post columnist warns Biden is about to make a blunder with China

文章, 标题 “Biden might be on the verge of making a blunder with China,” warned that it would be “不负责任的” 和一个 “huge political loserfor the Biden administration to abandon Trump’s China tariffs.

The goal of President Biden’s five-day trip to South Korea and Japan is to show that the United States is committed to the region and to standing up to China,” columnist Josh Rogin wrote.

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我们. President Joe Biden listens while meeting virtually with Xi Jinping, China's president, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, 直流电, 我们。, 在星期一, 十一月. 15, 2021.

我们. President Joe Biden listens while meeting virtually with Xi Jinping, China’s president, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, 直流电, 我们。, 在星期一, 十一月. 15, 2021. (摄影家: Sarah Silbiger/UPI/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

But some U.S. officials and business interests are calling on Biden to give Beijing a huge, unearned economic concession, claiming it will help the U.S. 经济. Such a step would be a mistake politically, economically and for U.S.-China relations,” Rogin continued. “Given the dire effects of price increases on Biden’s poll numbers at home, it’s little wonder the president is looking for ways to address the inflation crisis.

Rogin said the Biden administration is facing pressure from the officials at the Treasury Department, 华尔街, and the business community to remove the tariffs. 然而, national security officials worry that would give away too much leverage to China.

The internal administration battle has now spilled out into public view, with the Treasury Department in favor of removing some tariffs, and parts of the National Security Council and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative opposed. Biden is expected to decide soon.

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我们. 总统拜登, disembarks from Air Force One on his arrival at Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek, 南韩, 星期五, 可能 20, 2022.

我们. 总统拜登, disembarks from Air Force One on his arrival at Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek, 南韩, 星期五, 可能 20, 2022. (美联社照片/李进满, 泳池)

Rogin writes that Trump’s tariffs are not a cause of inflation, pointing to data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis.

The internal administration battle has now spilled out into public view, with the Treasury Department in favor of removing some tariffs, and parts of the National Security Council and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative opposed. Biden is expected to decide soon,” 他写了. “Data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis supports the argument that removing some of these tariffs would have little, 如果有的话, measurable effect on inflation. The benefits to consumers are illusory.

With Biden going to Asia to promote economic relations with countries in the region, Rogin says Biden lifting the tariffs on China nowsends exactly the wrong message to the region at exactly the wrong time.

Rogin equates lifting tariffs on China tosurrendering on fighting China’s unfair economic practices”.

Rogin criticized Biden for potentially breakinghis previous promise not to unilaterally lift tariffs unless China’s behavior improved.

As China’s economy struggles under the erratic policies of its dictatorial government, Washington should be helping U.S. companies get out of China, not helping them to get in. We should do more to confront China’s economic aggression, not less,” 他写了. “好消息: There’s still time for Biden to avoid this penny-wise, pound-foolish idea.

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