US-China Relations: We can Work it Out

In the spirit of the iconic Beatles song, our members believe it’s better to work it out than to slug it out. Nationalistic media diatribes and tit-for-tat punishments are bad for everyone. The US-China Business Council, a trade group of American companies that do business with China, eschews the term “trade war,” because we find it inaccurate to describe what’s occurring, unhelpfully provocative, and likely to desensitize people of otherwise goodwill to the very real possibility of worse conflicts to come. In this spirit and context, we’re cautiously optimistic about the G20 outcome and prospects for resolving at least some of the core issues.