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为美中贸易冲突灭火

发自戴维斯——在2000年的时候,当时还是总统候选人的乔治·W·布什将中国称之为美国的战略“竞争对手”。至此之后的每一年,我都会在圣诞节到来时松了一口气:中美贸易战至少在未来12个月内不会爆发了。

但到了来年1月份,我的节日欢呼又会被恐惧所取代,因为助长了布什言论的紧张局势——以及他否认比尔·克林顿首选的“合作伙伴”标签的各个因素——仍未得到充分解决。同时正如我们现在所看到的那样,全球经济面临的风险在此后这些年中变得日益严峻。

而不断升级的美中贸易战其实是对美国领导人长期以来所提出的三个问题的回应:失业,技术竞争以及人们所感知到的中国对美国国家安全的威胁。

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