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

Donald Trump's world view is one of US superiority, and maintaining that superiority. But clearly, the customers are in Asia. Japan's Abe and Israel's Netanyahu have signaled more cooperation with China as both realize that Asia is where it's at economically. For Abe, Trump is perplexingly pushing Japan into China's camp:

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's use of language became fodder for the commentary. Ahead of his Southeast Asia and Oceania tour to attend the APEC summit and other meetings, Abe stopped using the term "Indo-Pacific strategy," replacing the word "strategy" with "vision."
Explaining why Abe changed the wording, the commentary cited serious trade friction between Japan and the U.S. It explained that Japan downgraded the strategy to a "vision" because Trump rejected a request to reconsider his tariffs on Japanese products.

For Netanyahu, China's tourism industry is opening up to Israel. While Donald Trump could care less about Chinese tourism to the USA, Israel takes Chinese tourism seriously. The two countries share one thing in common, a long history. 

The Council on Foreign Relations has taken note of this thawing relationship, and would not be writing about it if it was not concerned. Obviously, with China possessing 10 cities with larger populations than all of Israel, what is the key for China to care? Technology, according to the CFR, is the key:

While visiting Beijing in 2017, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told an Israeli interviewer that China accounts for one-third of the investment in Israeli high technology. Chinese investment in Israel is also focused on Israeli infrastructure projects. 

Clearly, Israel wants China to offset BDS and voting tendencies at the United Nations. In exchange for technology, Israel wants a political as well as an economic advantage for engaging China. China supports the Palestinian cause, but "respects Israel". 

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Gary Anderson 9 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 9 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 9 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.