At Project Syndicate Dani Rodrik longs for a U. S. trade policy that promotes the good of the whole world rather than just narrow U. S. benefit:
Many liberal commentators in the US think Trump is right to go after China. Their objection is to his aggressive, unilateralist methods. Yet the fact is that Trump’s trade agenda is driven by a narrow mercantilism that privileges the interests of US corporations over other stakeholders. It shows little interest in policies that would improve global trade for all. Such policies should start from the trade regime’s Golden Rule: do not impose on other countries constraints that you would not accept if faced with their circumstances.
There is a converse to that: don’t accept anything less from the other countries of the world than you urge on the United States. If we had demanded less mercantilist politices from Japan, South Korea, and China, maybe there wouldn’t be as much domestic support for mercantilist policies in the United States.