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Michael Schuman

China Should Listen to U.S. Trade Complaints

Beijing’s economic nationalism is harming a vital relationship.

Needs improvement. 

Needs improvement. 

Photographer: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg

President Donald Trump and the Democrats can’t agree on anything, except one big thing: China. After the administration announced plans on June 15 to impose tariffs on $50 billion of Chinese imports, Charles Schumer, the Democrats’ Senate leader, called the decision “on the money.”

That was a startling statement on a startling fact: China has few friends left in Washington, on either side of the political aisle. The bipartisan vote to block Trump’s compromise on ZTE Corp. sanctions is further evidence.