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August 18, 2018 at 1:25 pm

Alumni News | Johnson Writes on ‘Bright Side of Trade War with China?’

Ben Johnson, portrait in clerical collar

The Rev. Ben Johnson

Ohio University alum the Rev. Ben Johnson ’97 wrote an op-ed headlined “The Bright Side Of Trade War With China?” in Eurasia Review.

Johnson earned a B.A. in History from the College of Arts & Sciences and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

Johnson is a senior editor at the Acton Institute, which originally published his article. “His work focuses on the principles necessary to create a free and virtuous society in the transatlantic sphere (the U.S., Canada, and Europe),” according to his byline.

This year marks the 40th anniversary of one of the most consequential anti-poverty programs in human history. Now, there is evidence that its spillover effects may lift millions more out of dire need.

In 1978, 18 farmers from the Chinese village of Xiaogang secretly signed “the document that changed the world.”

The new openness to enterprise, private property, and investment led to China’s meteoric economic rise. Now, Donald Trump’s tariffs are encouraging manufacturers to take their factories elsewhere.

Ian Chen, CEO of a Chinese technological exporter, said that Trump’s tariffs have his fellow manufacturers “seriously considering setting up a backup production line in Malaysia or Vietnam to prepare for the worst.”

Read his column in Eurasia Review.

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