I have previously written about President Trump having to decide between his phase one trade deal and being tough with China. However, if he does decide to get tough with China the choice does not end there. Over the last few days, many have written about how we hold China responsible for this global pandemic.
Senator Mitt Romney penned a piece in The Washington Post arguing that we to seize this moment to end China’s predatory practices,
China has done what we have allowed it to do; to save a few dollars, we have looked the other way. Covid-19 has exposed China’s dishonesty for all to see. And it is a clarion call for America to seize the moment. When the immediate health crisis has passed, the United States should convene like-minded nations to develop a common strategy aimed at dissuading China from pursuing its predatory path.The Washington Post
Matthew Continetti argues in the Washington Free Beacon that the only we can defeat China is by shoring up as much global support as possible,
This is the time to build new institutions that reflect the realities of a 21st century that pits liberal democracies against an authoritarian surveillance state. For every moment that passes without American leadership brings us closer to a world where the sun never sets on the five golden stars.Washington Free Beacon
Riley Walters, Policy Analyst at The Heritage Foundation, writes about what we should and should not do to take on China,
There might be right ways to hold the Chinese Communist Party accountable for the COVID-19 outbreak and its other misdeeds. But there are also wrong ideas that undermine U.S. long-term interests.
Let’s not mix those up.Daily Signal
As Continetti points out above, there is nothing wrong with holding many of these international institutions accountable for bad acts. However, there is also a realization, by many, that we may need them to take on China effectively. This could be a tough pivot for the President who has spent much of his presidency criticizing these institutions. However, just like the trade deal decision, the President may have to decide between one campaign promise (tough talk with China) and another (tough talk with these international institutions).