jcc flight of the eagle and dragon: Trade war 2018 (U.S.)


It is 2018, and President Donald J. Trump is in his second year of his presidential term. The President is heading into 2018 with an extremely low approval rating with only 37% of Americans approving of the job he has done. 2017 has been an interesting year for the President with major hurricanes hitting the United States, accusations of Russia tampering with the presidential election, and an extreme amount of turnover in the President’s cabinets. Though the President has just come off 2017 with a major win of the passing of the tax bill, it is uncertain what 2018 will amount to. What can be certain is that the relationship with China will be a major point of contention for the presidency as there is the continued threats of trade wars. Domestic issues cannot be ignored. Though the economy is strong, there are other issues to deal with such as the environment after Trump has removed the U.S. from the Paris Climate Agreement, immigration, and the upcoming Congressional election in November. Though this is what the committee expects, a single tweet could change everything!

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Environmental Policy

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Relationship with China

topic a: Relationship with China

President Trump has presided over a significant deterioration in the relationship between the United States and China. The trade war has been ongoing since January 2018, when the United States implemented a 30% tariff on foreign solar panels. The tariffs levied since then have had negative impacts on the American and Chinese economies, but the Trump administration maintains that the United States will receive long-term economic benefits from the implementation of these tariffs. Members of President Trump’s cabinet need to weigh the negative political implications of economic sanctions against the possible long-term economic gains of renegotiated terms of trade with China. 

topic B: Environmental Policy

The United States withdrew from the 2015 Paris Climate Agreements in the Summer of 2017, reducing the impact and scope of the signature worldwide agreement to reduce carbon emissions. President Trump has appointed former members of fossil fuel companies and extractive companies to lead his environmental policy, and has repeatedly promoted “clean coal” as the future of the American energy grid. As a member of the United States Cabinet, you will need to decide how the country will create an independent environmental policy, and how that policy will or will not incorporate renewable energy sources. Cabinet Secretaries must also consider how the United States will work with the rest of the world to create and meet emissions targets.