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David Fickling

Ignorance Is Bliss in Trump's China Trade Fight

The radical agenda of his better-informed advisers is far more dangerous.
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It's a commonplace of U.S. policy discussions to lament the way President Donald Trump is broadly ignorant of detail and given to rash decisions based on gut instincts.

In the case of the on-again, off-again trade battles with China, that tendency is an asset, not a liability. It's the well-versed policy wonks the world needs to worry about.