Vince Dhimos answered a question in the Spanish language sector of Quora
In the 80s there was a heated debate in the American Congress over whether to grant China Most Favoured Nation status, allowing it to trade freely with the US. One of the points mentioned by a lawmaker during these debates was that if China were able to trade freely with America, that country could be pulled away from the sphere of influence of Russia and into the American sphere of so-called "freedom and democracy." For many decades, American think tanks and politicians believed that Russia and China could be forced apart by clever machinations on the part of Americans. The problem is, the US leadership continued to harass Russia and China in various ways, including with military threats against these countries. This hostile behaviour had the effect of driving them closer together.
American leaders are exceptionally dull witted and the poor things don't learn quickly. It took them about a half-century to conclude that Russia and China would always be partners in economic and strategic matters and that neither one would allow itself to be influenced by the US or pulled into its sphere of influence. They understood that all the nations that had allowed themselves to be manipulated by Washington had become little more than colonies.
Now for the first time, the Establishment seems to have finally understood this (even though a normal person could easily have seen it).
So now the US is taking another tactic, that of destroying China's economy and simultaneously courting Russia. Of course, the American officials are so obtuse that they have no idea how to go about this, and therefore, it is clear to both countries that they definitely need each other now more than ever. Perhaps within another half-century the US will devise a better plan.
If they don't, the US economy will continue to slide into irrelevance. So far, the US consumer and businesses have lost billions of dollars as a result of the American tariffs and China's retaliatory tariffs.
Soybean and pig farmers in the US are losing a lot of money because China has stopped buying American soybeans and pork. Despite the fact that the American government has meanwhile begun paying emergency subsidies to farmers, some of them have been forced out of business because the subsidies are insufficient. (How foolish for the government to destroy a farmer's livelihood and then force the tax payer to pay him for its mistake).
China was once a very big market for American natural gas (LNG), and in fact, several companies have built expensive LNG terminals and specially equipped ships for selling gas to China. But now that Trump has started his foolish trade wars, China is refusing to buy the American gas (it is incredible that the US Establishment could not foresee that China would impose retaliatory tariffs on American exports). The big winner is Russia, which is now finishing the pipeline from Siberia to China and will be selling to China all the gas that the US would have sold to that country had it treated other countries fairly.
The problem with Trump is that he never weighs the possible adverse consequences of his actions. This is the personality flaw that has caused him to declare bankruptcy 6 times in his personal businesses, and that should certainly have been a red flag for Americans.
A recent study by the US Chamber of Commerce shows that his disastrous tariffs on China have cost billions of dollars in various states that are key to his re-election as a result both of increased costs of the goods subject to the tariffs and of China’s retaliatory tariffs, which anyone with normal foresight could have anticipated.
Some would call Trump a failed business man. Will he fail as president?