At the outset, position yourself at the furthest oppositional point when it costs you nothing; then leverage inward toward your opponent as they expend their resources to meet your stance.
President Trump has accomplished simply by positioning himself at the furthest extreme from the best interests of China and then working his leverage back toward dual interests as the Chinese expand capital to meet the point of mutual benefit.
President Trump has expended nothing other than his sheer will, and yet he has leveraged gains that are jaw-droppingly consequential.
What’s the goal of identifying China as a currency manipulator? To stop China from manipulating currency, right? Well, arm-chair opposition says President Trump has reversed his position simply by ‘not doing something’. However, that opposition doesn’t seem to acknowledge the end-goal of the labeling has been achieved without expending an effort. The doing is unnecessary when merely the threat of the doing changes the behavior of the doer, in two days, April 6th and April 7th, President Trump met with Chinese President Xi Jinping. What actions has President Trump was taken, other than ‘not’ doing something, and what actions has President Xi Jinping taken?
China agrees to the framework of a 100 day outline to assemble the trade way-points for renegotiated bi-lateral trade deals, for the first time ever, China did not support Russia in a U.N. Security Council veto vote surrounding Syria. China abstained.
To enhance and amplify the friendship and personal respect – U.S. President Trump used Mar-a-Lago as the venue for their visit, not the White House. And President Trump’s beautiful granddaughter, Arabella, sweetly serenaded the Chinese First Family in Mandarin Chinese song showing the utmost respect for the honored guests, unfortunately, most people are unfamiliar with the severity of Chinese tradition as it relates to family and respect. However, these gestures are intensely well received. Russia’s Vladimir Putin can deliver nothing even remotely comparable to the charm of the granddaughter of the U.S. President singing for President Xi and his wife in their native tongue.