Trump Touts Progress With China, but Pressure Grows for a Tough Deal

Because of that long history, Mr. Trump’s advisers fear that Democrats in Congress will have more credibility when criticizing Mr. Trump’s eventual China agreement even if it does not require congressional approval. “The Democrats are going to use this against him,” said Craig Allen, the president of the US-China Business Council. “As we go into the election cycle, it is natural and part of our national tradition that one side criticizes the other for China.” Mr. Allen noted that political protest in the United States over China goes back to the country’s inception, with the Boston Tea Party triggered by anger over imports of Chinese tea and that the anti-China sentiment tends to bubble up every four years. In 2012, Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, then the Democratic majority leader, called for United States Olympic uniforms to be burned when it emerged that they were made in China.