10. Jennifer A. Dlouhy, Shawn Donnan and Nick Wadhams, “Big Oil Warned Trump Team China Trade Deal Was Unrealistic,” Bloomberg, 12 February 2020. The Wall Street Journal reported in February 2020 that USTR was granting fewer tariff exemptions to U.S. companies, from 35% of applications for the first two tranches in 2018 to 3% for the third tranche in 2019.  In August 2017, Robert Lighthizer examined China`s unfair trade practices.    Although the agreement does not offer the same level of integration as the EU or the AGREEMENT between the United States and Mexico-Canada, it was seen as an important step towards removing trade barriers and extending China`s influence. In August 2018, Hong Kong-minded academic Willy Lam said the trade war had raised all previous concerns from various Western countries about China and undermined the authority of Chinese President Xi Jinping.   Zhang Baohui, a professor of political science at Lingnan University in Hong Kong, also said that the trade war had been effective in challenging the myth of Chinese invincibility by saying that tariffs “really hurt China at a very bad time when the economy has serious problems.”  An article in the December 2018 review published by two Chinese academics indicated that, in the worst-case trade war, China would suffer a 1.1% decline in employment and a loss of 1% of GDP, which they consider negligible, but would be manageable for China.  Another paper published by Chinese academics in February 2018 also concluded that the United States would suffer significant social losses as a result of the trade war, but that China could easily lose or gain depending on the impact of the trade war on the trade balance between the United States and China.  The most striking thing is that the pact does not include India, another regional giant.
The New Delhi government withdrew from the negotiations in July. China had rejected India`s calls for a more ambitious pact that would have done much more for the region`s economy, including trade in services and trade in goods. The signing of the RCEP brings together the United Nations with a total of 2.2 billion inhabitants and covers 28% of the overall commercial insecurity of investor uncertainty due to the trade war caused turbulence on the stock market.    An August 2019 Harvard CAPS/Harris poll showed that 67% of registered voters wanted the U.S. to face Beijing because of its trade policy, while 74% of respondents said that U.S. consumers would bear most of the burden of tariffs. Mark Penn, co-director of Harvard CAPS/Harris Poll, said the poll shows 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.”  “The comprehensive regional economic partnership will certainly contribute to global free trade because of its size,” he said. For some trade experts, this new agreement shows that the rest of the world will not wait for the United States. The European Union has also conducted trade negotiations at an aggressive pace. While other countries are signing new agreements, U.S.
exporters may gradually lose ground.