Masters Thesis

Trade war with China

This is a Liberal-Peace argument that global free trade has been beneficial world-wide. Trade with China has been to the mutual benefit of both the United States and China. Pre-tariff data in the automotive sector from a variety of official U.S. Government sources demonstrate the huge benefits of free trade. Recent data that reflect the impact of tariffs shows its negative consequences. Tariffs are nothing more than taxes and their use regarding trade with China has strained the relations between the two countries. This study also responds to realist views that the United States and China have problems that could result in a military confrontation. International security is a product of military, economic and technological superiority, where data shows that the United States is clearly ahead in all three categories. Though a conflict could happen, it is not only not inevitable but highly unlikely.