Indeed, China is stealing American jobs
Why Donald Trump needs help from China
Because there are at least five hot topics where Trump depends on China's help:
1. New job creation
That was right at the top of Trump's agenda during the election campaign: He promises to create 25 million new jobs in the next ten years. However, the details for this ambitious project are not yet fully developed. But that's where Jack Ma comes in: the founder and owner of Alibaba, the largest IT group in China, has already proposed creating up to a million new jobs for small and medium-sized companies. Trump sees this with goodwill.
2. Concern about North Korea
“China has withdrawn huge amounts of money and assets from the US - but does not want to help North Korea. Kind!" Trump tweets in this tone. Not very diplomatic. And above all, very counterproductive. Because China, as North Korea's largest trading partner, could exert the most pressure on the regime of dictator Kim Jong Un. However, Beijing finds a nuclear North Korea less worrying than if the US and its military allies were to build up arsenals on their doorstep. Concerns fueled by US plans to build a missile defense system in South Korea.
3. Fight against terrorism
Trump has plans to "wipe out radical Islamic terrorism". The entry ban at the weekend should be the first step and caused unrest. In the long run, however, the fight against terrorism can only be done in cooperation with the international community. For example with China, which is currently fighting against the independence movement of Muslim Uyghurs in the northwestern province of Xinjiang. China itself has close ties with Pakistan and Iran, whose intelligence services work closely together. Because Trump is more open to torture than his predecessor, he is less likely to hold China accountable for human rights violations. So far, that has always been one reason why China and the US did not come together in the fight against terrorism.
4. Nuclear deal with Iran
Trump calls the nuclear deal with Iran the worst deal in US history. But if he really wants to renegotiate or even revoke the treaty, he needs the help of China to force Iran back to the negotiating table. In any case, it was a diplomatic show of strength to persuade Beijing, one of Iran's largest trading partners, to put pressure on Tehran, experts say. If Trump wants to pull out of the nuclear deal, it will really be another tough fight.
5. US market access in China
Trump wants to use China's core interests like Taiwan as a bargaining chip to achieve more favorable terms for trade deals. There are still no official plans as to what exactly he wants in return. But the possible future trade minister Wilbur Ross in the Trump cabinet, who has yet to be confirmed by the Senate, has spoken out in favor of China should reduce subsidies for state-owned companies and facilitate market access for American companies - after all, 1.3 billion potential consumers. However, he has to hold back on the subject of Taiwan: "If he doesn't stick to the one-China policy, the deal is off the table," said He Weiwen from the Center for China and Globalization in an interview.
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