A no-nonsense president. The threat of a trade war. The removal of diplomats from multiple countries. It’s been a rough ride for diplomacy all over the world late, and the latest news to stem from that could seriously impact the United States in the near future.
• Some experts are predicting China and Russia’s growing closeness indicates the two countries are growing ever-closer to an alliance. Given that the two countries sit side-by-side geographically, such an alliance is sensible – but it would potentially have devastating consequences for the U.S. economy and much, much more.
• Over the past few months. Trump has enacted tariffs against several countries in an attempt to drive markets back to home soil. Targeted countries included some of the U.S.’s closest trading allies, including China, Canada, Mexico, and more.
• These tariffs may seem harsh, but they serve an important goal: driving production and industry back home to American soil. Trump’s goal is to create jobs for Americans rather than allowing countries to outsource freely.
• Now, in a move some say could only be expected as an eventuality, Russia and China have officially announced an economic partnership. The two countries will increase trade and product flow to better serve the needs of people on both sides of the border.
• People’s Liberation Army General Wei Fenghe, who is also China’s minister of national defense, spoke to the press about the alliance at the Moscow International Security Conference. “I am visiting Russia as a new defense minister of China to show the world a high level of development of our bilateral relations and firm determination of our Armed Forces to strengthen strategic cooperation,” he said.
• Wei also pointed out that the alliance is a direct response to pressure from the U.S. in trade. He says the partnership is”…to support the Russian side in organizing the Moscow International Security Conference the Chinese side has come to show Americans the close ties between the Armed Forces of China and Russia, especially in this situation.”
• If it seems the two countries make strange bedfellows, you aren’t wrong in that assessment. Russia and China have traditionally been somewhat cold and methodical in their relations with one another, sometimes outright disagreeing on important topics. However, America has become the tie that binds, mostly because both countries dislike American global pressure more than they dislike each other.
• China provides a significant amount of goods to the United States each and every year, much of which comes at a far lower price than could be offered on American soil. By driving that business elsewhere, some experts believe the U.S. will see retaliatory rises in prices from American companies as they attempt to cover higher cost-to-produce or cost-to-buy.