Cato Journal - v40n1 - Cover

Winter 2020

Vol. 40 No. 1

The U.S.-China Trade War: Is There an End in Sight?

Donald Trump was a trade “hawk” long before he became president. In the late 1980s, he went on the Oprah Winfrey show and complained about Japan “beating the hell out of this country” on trade (Real Clear Politics 2019). As president, he has continued with the same rhetoric, using it against a wide range of U.S. trading partners, and he has followed it up with action (often in the form of tariffs).