Some countries have benefited economically from the trade war, at least in some sectors, due to increased exports to the United States and China, in order to fill the gaps left by the decline in trade between these two economies. Instead of reducing tariffs to allow the flow of goods and services to meet market demand, this agreement leaves a record level of tariffs and forces China to buy some products worth $US 200 billion in two years. President Richard Nixon spent eight days in China in February 1972, where he met with Chairman Mao Zedong and signed the Shanghai Communiqué with Premier Zhou Enlai. The communiqué creates the conditions for improved U.S.-China relations, allowing China and the U.S. to discuss difficult issues, including in Taiwan. However, the normalization of relations between the two countries has been slow for much of the decade. The Chinese government argues that the real goal of the US administration is to stifle Chinese growth and that the trade war has had a negative impact on the world.   The Chinese government held the U.S. government responsible for the start of the conflict and said that U.S.
action made negotiations more difficult.  Zhang Xiangchen, China`s ambassador to the World Trade Organization, said the U.S. Trade Representative was working with a “presumption of guilt” that claimed allegations without evidence and speculation.  The trade war is a frequent topic on Chinese social media, a popular internet meme referencing Thanos, a marvel comics and Marvel Cinematic Universe villain who, along with the Infinity Gauntlet, wipes out half of all life in the universe and jokes that Trump will similarly wipe out half of Chinese investors.   An August 2019 Harvard CAPS/Harris poll showed that 67% of registered voters wanted the United States. Facing Beijing for its trade policy, while 74% said U.S. consumers bear most of the burden of tariffs. Mark Penn, the co-director of Harvard`s CAPS/Harris Poll, said the poll showed strong U.S. public support for Trump`s trade policy against China, and said, “You realize that tariffs can have a negative impact on jobs and prices, but they think the fight is the right one.”  In an essay for Foreign Policy, U.S.
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