• Ryan Himes

US vs. China: Lose-Lose Situation

Updated: Oct 16, 2020

The growing tensions between the US and China refuse to settle, and the Trump administration seems determined to show no sign of weakness despite representing a country outnumbered nearly 4 to 1. Trump has pointed out staunch differences in the two countries' willingness for outside influence; this can be seen as Facebook being banned in China, yet TikTok and WeChat operate freely in the US... until now.

The real question is: how much damage will banning each other's innovations do to our long term societal progress? Putting political and governmental differences aside, it is obvious that the two countries would be better off working together rather than feuding. "Teamwork makes the dream-work," and in this instance, burdening each other with spiteful tariffs or bans only seems to hinder progress.

With the looming challenge of Climate Change we will need the assistance of all nations to reverse its effects. China and the US, both the world's largest and second largest polluters respectively, have something close to the fate of the world in their hands, yet like toddlers on a playground they can't seem to get along.

From the outside looking in, it seems these two countries need to make amends quickly and install detailed plans regarding trade, diplomacy, climate action, and humanitarian aid. Businesses should not face problems operating between the countries, this will only slow our progress from a walk to a crawl.

The relationship between the US and China has a lot of moving parts. It's a delicate balance of peace and power, and it seems like the countries still try to achieve the upper hand over one another. Imagine the innovations the world would see with the two countries working together.