President Trump was right to call on U.S. companies Friday to begin looking for ways to gradually reduce their business ties and trade with China. He should make the same call to our allies at the Group of Seven summit now underway in France.

“Our great American companies are hereby ordered to immediately start looking for an alternative to China, including bringing your companies HOME and making your products in the USA,” Trump tweeted Friday. He also slapped new tariffs on products imported from China.

OK, the president probably doesn’t have the power to order U.S. companies to divest from China, but his call makes sense and he can be quite persuasive. A reasonable transition period is necessary, but Trump has drawn a line in the sand. It’s about time someone had the guts to do it.


Leaders of our allies now meeting with President Trump at the G-7 summit – Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy and Japan – should make the same call to their own businesses. So should our other allies around the world.

A united move like this by many nations around the world to limit trading with China would put enormous pressure on that nation’s leaders to start playing by the rules of international trade. If China started doing this, normal trading relations could resume. If China refused to change its ways, trade and normal business relations would remain suspended.

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