President Donald Trump isn’t messing around when it comes to securing a fair deal for American workers and businesses. When he signs a new trade agreement with China, it will be clear, comprehensive, and — most importantly — enforceable.
For over half a century, American presidents routinely ignored violations of trade agreements by other countries, allowing adversaries and allies alike to expand their economies at the expense of U.S. growth. Because many of them were developing nations, or were recovering from the devastation of World War II, benevolent American leaders allowed them to get stronger on the backs of American workers.
That might have made a certain amount of sense in the context of post-war rebuilding and Cold War containment strategy, but the approach became so ingrained over the years that we lost sight of the rationale for such self-sacrifice and simply allowed unfair trade arrangements to become the unquestioned norm.