E Are Policy 'Refugees' Jumping The Trump Tariff Ship?

China wants a solution to the Palestinian/Israeli conflict, but stays behind the scenes as much as possible:

...Chinese President Xi Jinping – while hosting his Palestinian Authority counterpart Mahmoud Abbas in Beijing – revealed his plan to bring peace. Among other things, Xi’s plan envisages a two-state solution, calls on Israel to stop its settlements and hopes for more dialogue between China, Israel and the Palestinians to promote key projects. Although the proposal brings practically nothing new, it reflects the determination of the Chinese government to make a step further in the peace process. China’s UN ambassador Liu Jieyi has attempted to give the proposal an international boost since then.

While Donald Trump is busy trying to hide US technology to China, one wonders if that is a losing proposition. China simply increases its cooperation with Israel and with Japan, both highly advanced nations in the tech sector. 

While it is too early to view Japan and Israel as refugees from Trump policies, it is clearly true that it makes no economic sense for those two nations to tie their economic futures soley to a nation in the process of turning inward. Any nation threatening worldwide trade wars is seen as being unstable relative to what it once was. 

The fusion of Japan and Israel with China is simply pragmatism at work. Will moral and political tensions ultimately undermine this pragmatism? It is hard to tell. After all, Saudi Arabia has fused with Russia. These seemingly odd bedfellows may be the unwritten OPEC of the future. 

And we know that India has forged a close strategic working relationship with Israel. And we know that Russia, India, Pakistan and China have engaged in military exercises together.

So, what can we learn from all this bonding? It is pretty obvious that all these ancient civilizations in Asia are taking the pragmatic, patient route regarding their differences. There seems to be a level of trust that is emerging. What could be the endgame of all this activity? Here are a few scenarios:

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Disclosure: I have no financial interest in any companies or industries mentioned. I am not an investment counselor nor am I an attorney so my views are not to be considered investment ...

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Gary Anderson 7 months ago Author's comment

Update 1: It appears that Netanyahu has distanced himself from Trump's Iran military action. I am surprised, but did Bibi's tough talk on Iran emboldened Trump? It may prove out that Donald Trump was snookered into action that could endanger him personally, all to please Israel. Only time may show if this brief analysis is correct.

Beating Buffett 7 months ago Member's comment

Really? Where did you see that? For as long as I can remember, Bibi has been pushing the world to take a tougher stance with Iran!

Gary Anderson 7 months ago Author's comment

Exactly. That is why his turnaround is so puzzling. It is almost like he put Trump up to it and then didn't want to have any part of it. Articles are everywhere about this, BB.

Moon Kil Woong 1 year ago Contributor's comment

Sadly the US is driving a lot of global trade towards China due to our International policies of playing hardball with our allies. The worst is our decreasing relations with Europe which is increasingly buying direct from Asia now which will hurt our US band name products and our margins.

Cynthia Decker 1 year ago Member's comment

Interesting that you think sanctions are falling out of favor elsewhere. Do you think that's because they believe they don't work?

Texan Hunter 1 year ago Member's comment

They do work. They got North Korea and Iran to the negotiating table and got Libya to throw in the towel. The rest of the world simply doesn't have the stomach for sanctions because either they have no backbone, or because they'd rather have cheap oil and profits from other business deals even if it means turning a blind eye to abuses, than doing what's right.

Gary Anderson 1 year ago Author's comment

I sympathize with your moral sensibility. But the US has supported dictators because of pragmatic concerns and does so today. Since the USA seems to be making the most war these days, for selfish reasons, we cannot very well reason that moral sanctions are better for world peace than is patient pragmatism.

Gary Anderson 1 year ago Author's comment

I am not an expert on the significance of sanctions in history, the effectiveness of sanctions in history. But it is clear that they interfere with economic progress and cooperation.