SNS Subscriber Edition • Volume 23, Issue 38 • Week of December 17, 2018


Asia Letter Q1 2019:

"China Should
Thank Trump"



SNS: Asia Letter Q1 2019:

"China Should Thank Trump"

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Week of 12/17/2018 Vol. 23 Issue 38


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Note re: Our Recent Special Alert:  Last week we sent out a Special Alert asking members to write to Washington Gov. Jay Inslee requesting that he adopt his Task Force's recommendation for a 3- to 5-year suspension of commercial whale watching of the endangered Southern Resident orcas of Puget Sound. You responded in large numbers, and a few days later, the measure was accepted. The governor has now recommended a 3-year moratorium, starting in 2019.

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Asia Letter, Q1 2019

"China Should Thank Trump"

            by Scott Foster

"As repeatedly argued in this space, in many ways, the Chinese should truly thank Trump for what he is doing towards the country. Without his actions, the Chinese government would not have scaled down its over-the-top propaganda drive about how amazing China has become, nor would it have been forced to reflect on its own limits and pitfalls. Nor, more pertinently for Chinese consumers, would China have been so forthright in lowering or even removing tariffs on imports including consumer goods and drugs, which it has done three times in the past year or so.

"This is all about China itself, which direction it will take, and what China should do to counter the headwinds it faces."

- From "China Should Thank Trump and Stop Using Trade War Excuse for Confused Economic Signals," by Wang Xiangwei, former editor-in-chief of the South China Morning Post, who is now the newspaper's editorial advisor in Beijing (South China Morning Post, 10/28/2018)



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