Hearing / reading about the escalating Tariff war with China, the more I think #45 is complete wimp when it comes to dealing with China. Tariff's are not paid by China (paid by importers in US, opposite of what #45 says), and there is little actual action against IP theft and island squatting. Considering the dozen or so tools, why does #45 use mainly one (tariff)? Quotas, Restrictions, Bans, Fees, Visa denials, etc. My guess he simply is too ignorant of the other tactics and unimaginative to formulate more tactics. As to the Spratly Islands / South China Sea, why not increase naval maneuvers in area and support the other states in maintaining claims. Image the US Navy helping transport Phillipino personnel to Ayungin shoal (here and here). And do same for Vietnam.