As we’ve said in the past, we are way more concerned with China and it’s efforts than we are with Russia. (Not that Russia should be completely dismissed.)
President Xi has indicated that he intends to stay on as long as he can in the Ultimate Crony Capitalist State, president for life style. He will make a large move sometime while he’s in his political prime. No doubt he sees the US and Trump in particular as hindrances to his and China’s ambitions. It shouldn’t surprise us to find that China is working to “undermine Trump.”
State actors are always working in their own interests. Even our allies have their ends which may not be in our best interests.
(From The AP)
In his remarks, Pence will quote an assessment from the U.S. intelligence community that “China is targeting U.S., state and local governments and officials to exploit any divisions between federal and local levels on policy. It’s using wedge issues, like trade tariffs, to advance Beijing’s political influence.”
Tariffs are a tax. They cost the consumer. Generally they are not good. They are usually tools of crony capitalism. A trade war will impact voters, that is just the way it is. What may appear to be “targeting” by the Trump administration could be legitimate criticism. That happens in a “free” society. Not that we doubt that China is probably messing around in Midwest soybean country. One must assume that they are to some degree. (And likely long have.)
Also, where have we heard this “division” stuff before?