Vince Dhimos answered a question at Quora.
Q: THE US HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES PASSED A BILL AIMED AT PRESSURING CHINA OVER ITS CRACKDOWN OF UIGHUR MUSLIMS IN XINJIANG. DO YOU SEE THIS AS A REACTION TO CHINA BECOMING THE SECOND BIGGEST NON-DEMOCRATIC ECONOMY IN THE WORLD?
Vince Dhimos, Editor-in-Chief at New Silk Strategies (2016-present)
The reasons for this red herring propaganda on the part of the Western press are complex and go back to the start of free trade with China, ie, the granting of Most Favoured Nation status to China by the US Congress in the 80s. The pols pushing this used the absurd propaganda point that, supposedly, this new trade arrangement with China would open up “the biggest market in the world” to US products.
I doubt anyone was stupid enough to believe that the resulting trade balance would favour the US. However, some of the politicians at that time mentioned that this would help drive a wedge between China and Russia, and I think this was in fact the real reason for the new China trade policy. Policy makers dreamed of dragging China into the Western sphere of influence by making the country rich and hence "capitalist."
However, as NATO and the US kept up their anti-Russian and anti-China rhetoric unabated after the fall of the Soviet Union, the two nations started to understand that they were both threatened by the West and gradually, they put aside differences and built up a partnership, with cooperation in all spheres, both economic and military (witness the recent opening of the Power of Siberia gas pipeline to China). It took Washington decades to figure out that no wedge could ever be driven between the two countries. It was a profoundly and blindly foolish dream all along and now that Washington (both political parties) has finally woken up, it is making every effort to undo its mistake — up to and including a trade war that threatens the entire global economy. Politics and ideology are more important to these psychopaths than the well-being of the planet. The US is threatening war – both economic and military – with two nations that it cannot defeat, all to defend an ideology with no merit or relation to the real world.
Though Washington won't admit it, it is way too late to reverse the ill effects of the 1980s miscalculation. It is like killing your adult child as a form of birth control.