You will get your last chance to complete one of your required two op-ed grades this week by answering the question: “Should the USA raise tariffs and engage in a ‘trade war’ with China?” This was the question that was scheduled at the beginning of the semester, but I realize that it has taken on an entirely new dimension with the outbreak of the Coronavirus, with many people demanding that we reduce our ‘reliance’ on Chinese manufacturing. That said, I don’t want you to frame your entire op-ed in terms of the Coronavirus outbreak. This controversy long predates it.
Here are some articles and videos of varying opinions you can read to inform yourself of the debate on this topic:
https://youtu.be/uXMnAPGY1uE (Links to an external site.)
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https://www.aier.org/article/five-wrong-claims-about-trade/ (Links to an external site.)
https://www.cnn.com/2019/08/15/perspectives/trade-war-trump-triumph/index.html (Links to an external site.)
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/28/opinion/trump-tariffs-trade-war.html (Links to an external site.)
https://newrepublic.com/article/154852/real-stakes-trumps-trade-war-china (Links to an external site.)
https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2020/01/15/was-trumps-china-trade-war-worth-it/ (Links to an external site.)
The same rules will apply in terms of length and format. Write a 700-800 word Op-Ed taking a side on this issue. Please make sure it is double spaced, includes your name on the top-left corner, is properly cited using APA format (ideally you should have 3-5 references; they can include news articles, research papers, books, etc.), and draws from sound economic arguments. Since we will not be meeting as a class you MUST upload a copy of this to the Debate #6 (Trade War) assignment in Canvas in order to receive credit so that I can run it through the plagiarism scanner.