In two weeks, President-elect Donald Trump formally moves into the White House. His attitude towards China and trade is hinted at in a variety of tweets. Trump has announced the appointment of Peter Navarro as assistant to the president and director of trade and industrial policy. Navarro is the author of Death by China, which may give some insight into Trump’s policy.

The book is filled with half-truths knitted together to form a narrative that ignores the technological change that has transformed our economies and lays the blame for the US’ social and economic dysfunction almost entirely on China.

It is tedious and mind-numbing to counter each half-truth, to unravel every fabrication and to expose each outright lie. One example will suffice.

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