China, Common Ground Committee, Golden Oldies, Henry Tang, John Rutledge, tariffs, Trade, trade war, Trump
Here’s a post with a difference: It contains a link to a video-ed China policy debate I participated in back in 2011 – years before anyone dreamed that Donald Trump might descend a majestic staircase in his majestic Trump Tower building in New York City to launch a presidential campaign that featured blistering attacks on the China strategies followed by then President Obama and his two globalist predecessors. (You need to scroll down a bit to get to the recording.)
The debate was sponsored by a Connecticut-based nonprofit called the Common Ground Committee, and the other participants were John Rutledge, a leading student of China’s economy who’s also advised a Chinese city government, and a Henry Tang, and former senior Hong Kong official.
Last week on Twitter, the Committee posted it because of course U.S.-China trade tensions keep rising, and President Trump has continued to stay the course on tariffs. Committee members clearly thought that our exchange did an uncanny job of showing how deep the trade war’s roots are, I full agree, and I hope you enjoy watching it as much as I did.