[–] Thisismyvoatusername 0 points 1 point (+1|-0) ago 

That was a really good article. I can never quite decide if I lke the Altantic or not. They combine some decent articles with all the same leftist trash everyone else does leaving my views decidedly mixed.


[–] derram ago 

https://archive.ph/pXTbb :

2018-06-08 | Extending Normal Trade Relations to China Backfired - The Atlantic

'In 2000, Congress made the fateful decision to extend “permanent normal trade relations,” or PNTR, to China. '

'To argue that we ought to have normal trade relations with China was one thing. '

'PNTR was a euphemism designed to get around the fact that the traditional term for “normal trade relations” was “most-favored-nation” (MFN) tariff status, which basically meant a plain-vanilla relationship. '

'With PNTR in hand, the floodgates of investment were opened, and U.S. multinationals worked with Beijing to create new China-centric supply chains. '

'But short of that, MFN status meant imports would be treated as favorably as those arriving from “the most favored nation.” Absurd as it might sound, this linguistic convention had meaningful political consequences. '

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