Regarding Koichi Hamada’s superb commentary, “U.S.-China spat is more than just a trade war,” in the Sept. 2 edition, knowledge of basic negotiation, finance, geopolitics, macroeconomics and history reveals that Donald Trump’s “strategy” is ignorant and risks a global economic crisis — or worse.

Essentially, Trump — wielding hubris as a flamethrower — is using xenophobia to ignite his volatile “base.” Furthermore, Trump’s pyromaniacal ethics aside, trade wars aren’t “easy to win.” Actually, all sides get torched.

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