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Thursday, April 13, 2017


It kind of reminds me of the anti-Japanese sentiment from the 1980s early 1990s (I was pretty young then, but I have some firsthand memory of it).

I have to balance the very true point you make about simplistic fear of foreign countries (and fear of immigration) being a tool for oppressive regimes and demagogues with the fact that this type of thing ebbs and flows and is something most sides engage in sometimes. (I'd lump some of the more extreme things said about Russia's recent shenanigans into the mix. Not all...there seems to be very legitimate concerns about Russia.)

As to what to make of this (apparent) about face? I don't know. Like most others, I have only a vague idea of what "currency manipulation" means. (I think it has something to do with manipulating exchange rates so as to impose a de facto tariff--without having to call it a tariff-- on imported goods. But how one determines whether and to what extent China is doing that is beyond my skills.) If Mr. Trump is now urging caution before demagoguing trade issues--and if that's the beginning of a more sober approach to international relations generally--then I'm willing to welcome this development. If this is just another thing he'll change his mind about when it seems convenient to him to do so, then I'm not so sure I'll welcome it.

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