President Donald Trump signed the executive order on Nov. 12 prohibiting Americans from investing in select Chinese firms that support China’s military, intelligence and security apparatus. While Trump has confronted China over economic abuses and through an increasingly tense trade war, the executive order could be one of the most significant actions he has taken against China since taking office in 2017.
“What his administration has done, particularly over the past one-and-a-half years, is basically throw the kitchen sink at China on these technology issues,” Sourabh Gupta, a senior fellow at the Institute for China-America Studies, told The Daily Caller News Foundation.
“The fact of the matter is that he has changed the conversation,” Gupta said. “This had to begin at some point of time. He has begun it in an irreversible way.”
Even if Trump doesn’t get another four years, the four he has served may prove more consequential than most supporters dared to dream.