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Would not be a good position to bargain from

https://www.vox.com/2019/10/24/20930446/chain-trade-trump-navarro-biden

Navarro refuses to answer if there's been any attempt to leverage political dirt in the trade talks with China.

That would be like handing your opponent a lethal weapon and closing your eyes.

On the other hand, I think that China has to really lov Trump- never in history has the soft power and prestige of the Great Power undergone such rapid self induced decline.

The Rising Power has some very smart leadership, as Rising Powers generally do. They'll do what they view as is in their best interest.

 

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Honored Advisor

Re: Would not be a good position to bargain from

What kind of "dirt" on Biden?  Those that are going to vote for him (against Trump) no amount of "Biden dirt" will matter. If a aid confirms or denies certain questions, it only opens more cans of worms, it`s best to say "no comment" many times.

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Re: Not a good bargaining position, to say nothing of the national security implications.

In case you haven't noticed, any discussion of the really important issues like intellectual property or state-owned business subsidies have been completely dropped from the discussion since last June.

We're down to bargaining for restored agricultural purchases in exchange for dropping all the tariffs, or in other words, back to where we started.

  But don't worry too much about it, republican sources are saying that if the Senate goes to a secret ballot for the impeachment trial, 30-35 republican senators will vote to impeach.

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Senior Advisor

Re: Not a good bargaining position, to say nothing of the national security implications.

And then it's back to discussions on intellectual property and state owned business subsidies? Why were those issues not addressed before Trump? Who will put the focus on those discussions after Trump?

Honored Advisor

Re: Not a good bargaining position, to say nothing of the national security implications.

If you can't tell if its trade talk or politics......... it's political hate speech.

Much of the public cant think for themselves on issues involved with the other 90% of the trade.  Especially the self centered ag public.(or the political trolls that feed in these waters)

Unless a media giant tells us what to think and do in 8 words or less, we can't drag ourselves to read something past the title.  And most of the time the guy who wrote the title didn't take the time to read the content.  You see that a lot in the press.  But if they will just hire a comedian to say it...... we will believe it's true even when he tells us it isn't.........sounds like a Galigher monolog.  But in his words, ---we are so dumb that the party out of power has decided to promise everything to us for free and ask us to pay for it.  

Keep your plastic shield up, the election is a year away.  Plenty of swamp fruit will come under the hammer in the months to come.   Glad someone in office thinks he is negotiating instead of buying favors with our taxes.  I think he is being too kind.......... to China and the condecending press.

Advisor

Re: Not a good bargaining position, to say nothing of the national security implications.

Basically back to accepting what the Chinese offered to "the very best people" two years ago.

Would any comments about the state of rural education be appropriate here?

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