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Aubrey Cole POLS.120.05 10/5/2019 Essay Test One Rewrite The realist perspective is the best perspective used to explain the ongoing Chinese- American trade war. The main traits that define the realism are that states are rational and unitary actors, meaning a state is a single entity that works for what is in its best interest, and that hard power, power derived from physical strength like the economy or military, is the most effective way to build up one's strength. In March 2018, President Trump issued a tariff on steel and aluminum imports from around the world. This was done to boost American economy, thus increasing America's hard power. China viewed this as a threat because the American consumption of their products would decrease due to raised prices, therefore decreasing their economic power. China responded with a tariff on American imports leading to reduced sales of American products. One of the major moves in this trade war occurred when President Trump placed a tariff on fifty-billion dollars worth of goods imported from China. This was used to demonstrate American power over China
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