This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, January 17, 2020:
In response to the signing of the Phase One trade deal, liberal New York Democrat Senator Chuck Schumer called the deal “an extreme disappointment.” He said the agreement “concedes our leverage” over China for “vague, unenforceable promises” that China “never intends to fulfill. I fear that Xi [China’s communist leader] is laughing at us behind our backs for having gained so much at our expense.”
What Xi gained was the signing of an agreement in exchange for a reduction in tariffs – an agreement that is so flawed that it is practically worthless. But the communist Chinese leader gained much favorable national and international credibility just for showing that he is Trump’s equal.
Skeptics scouring the 94-page agreement aren’t finding much to cheer about. The centerpiece of Phase One is the pledge China made to purchase at least $200 billion worth of additional American products over the next two years. In addition it allegedly puts in place enforcement mechanisms to keep China from stealing American companies’ trade secrets and advanced technology.
First, from a practical point of view,