Cold War Relic
I think that is exactly correct, especially since Peter Navarro and Robert Lighthizer are running the trade show. Couple of really good articles from www.politico.euI believe the tariffs leveled at China are directed at a broader net result then those economic goals stated. Something similar too the economic component of Reagan's Soviet strategy. He challenged them to an arms race they could not win. It bankrupted the Soviet Union.
I am not saying Trump's tariffs will bankrupt China or lead to the fall of the Chicom government. I am suggesting that like the cost of massive deficit spending on the military in the 80s that hurt our economy, it was simply the cost of winning the cold war by other means. Besides the policy and moral victory, it led to the so called peace dividend in trade for the costly military expansion in the decade prior.
Trump's tariffs may cause economic damage over the short term. But if he gets what he wants, the long term benefit will out weigh the current cost. Any geopolitical benefit would be gravey.
Charge of the Lighthizer brigade
US trade chief tears up rule book to wage battle for global dominance.