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Profligate Americans Blame Chinese

“To fix the U.S.-China trade imbalance, new initiatives are needed to encourage Americans to save more and Chinese to spend more.”

“Contrary to accepted wisdom, America does not have a bilateral trade problem with China — it has a multilateral trade problem with a broad cross-section of countries. And why do we have these deficits? Because Americans don’t save… No leading nation in modern history has ever had such a huge shortfall of saving. And to plug that gap, we’re left to borrow and to attract capital from lenders like China, Japan and Germany, which have surplus savings… If Washington were to restrict trade with China — either by pushing the Chinese currency sharply higher or by imposing sanctions — it would only backfire.”


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