August 2, 2017

Donald Boudreaux on Potential Actions Against China’s Trade Practices

Donald J. Boudreaux

Senior Fellow, F. A. Hayek Program for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics

While the U.S. government has a legitimate interest in ensuring that Americans’ property rights are protected in international markets, too many of the Trump administration’s complaints about trade with China boil down to this: the Chinese are offering too many exceptionally good deals to American consumers.  If our government is truly interested in enriching as many Americans as possible, it would applaud—rather than oppose—foreigners’ efforts to send to us ever-more goods and services at ever-lower prices.