Washington Keeps Choosing the Wrong Moment to Challenge China

Source: Foreign Policy
by Andrew Lungu

“In the past few years, the U.S. government has taken firm measures against many Chinese companies, such as its sanctions against Huawei, the creation of the Chinese Military-Industrial Complex Companies List, and the restrictions on exports of advanced chips to China. But it avoided a final decision regarding the most important Chinese company operating in the United States; it took years of behind-the-scenes efforts to slowly and unsuccessfully deal with TikTok, only to fast-forward the entire process in a pivotal election year, with the ban scheduled for just after the elections, creating new risks in the meantime. What might have been a good idea one or two years ago ended up being a dangerous gamble six months before a pivotal presidential election.” (05/06/24)