The thing is, as I was pointing out, we have a trade imbalance because we buy more stuff. The US uses and consumes some 25% of the resources but we're only a fraction of the population. It's simple math. We cannot get countries who have a far lower standard of living, to purchase as much as we do. Never mind that of course it is cheaper for someone in China to buy a product made in China than the equivalent (assuming you could make it at a profit) made in the US. Politics doesn't even need to enter the equation. Where I would focus primarily is in China's theft of intellectual property, copyright and trademark infringement. They are pretty much state sponsored activities in China.