China must end opium war on America and stop currency devaluation for trade to normalize

Aug. 23, 2019, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement praising President Donald Trump’s implementation of tariffs and sanctions on China:

“President Trump attempted to take his foot off the accelerator on the Chinese tariffs by delaying the 10 percent tariffs on the remaining $300 billion of goods until December to give negotiators more time to make a deal. Unfortunately, promises by Chinese President Xi to stem the illegal fentanyl trade were broken, resulting in sanctions from Trump and the U.S. Treasury Department on Aug. 21. Xi’s response was to raise tariffs on the U.S. on $75 billion of goods including U.S. agriculture and oil, which were then forcefully and rightfully met by Trump with tariff increases for their exports to the U.S.

“Chinese and U.S. negotiators are scheduled to meet next week and President Trump will be meeting with other leaders at the G7 about China. Hopefully they will find a basic common ground that accomplishes three things: ending China’s opium war against the U.S. using fentanyl, protecting intellectual property and ending competitive currency devaluations by China. In the past, Chinese and U.S. negotiators have agreed on all three of these points. Let’s hope Beijing will finally sign off so the world can begin to embrace fair and reciprocal free trade and the scourge of fentanyl can be shelved forever, saving tens of thousands American lives every year.”

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