QOTD: Are Tariffs The Right Move?

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey

Two days ago President Biden announced heavy tariff increases on China that will push tariffs on Chinese-built electric vehicles past 100 percent.

Is this the right way to prevent Chinese EVs, particularly ones that are cheaper and better equipped that EVs from Western and non-Chinese Asian automakers, from coming to our market and kicking butt?

Or are they just rank protectionism that will instead keep quality vehicles out of our market and limit competition? Wouldn't the automakers already selling here be better off being forced to build better vehicles to compete with Chinese entrants?

Before you answer, this is another political QOTD, so keep the comments civil or face the banhammer.

Sound off below.

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Tim Healey
Tim Healey

Tim Healey grew up around the auto-parts business and has always had a love for cars — his parents joke his first word was “‘Vette”. Despite this, he wanted to pursue a career in sports writing but he ended up falling semi-accidentally into the automotive-journalism industry, first at Consumer Guide Automotive and later at Web2Carz.com. He also worked as an industry analyst at Mintel Group and freelanced for About.com, CarFax, Vehix.com, High Gear Media, Torque News, FutureCar.com, Cars.com, among others, and of course Vertical Scope sites such as AutoGuide.com, Off-Road.com, and HybridCars.com. He’s an urbanite and as such, doesn’t need a daily driver, but if he had one, it would be compact, sporty, and have a manual transmission.

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  • Namesakeone Namesakeone on May 17, 2024

    I'm thinking that China--and the rest of the world--gets the idea that we don't pay our debts, and as such refuses to trade. Which would send our economy into a tailspin (remember, American companies export as well as import). Which would do a lot more harm than a ding on our Experian credit report; I doubt America could exist as a colony.

  • W Conrad W Conrad on May 17, 2024

    We get so much from China already, why not cars? You can't force America into being a market leader if you aren't even going to compete.

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    • Slavuta Slavuta on May 19, 2024

      ^^^ Russia in Ukraine is rightfully getting rid of American presence.

  • Willie Willie on May 19, 2024

    If both nations were actually free market economies I would be totally opposed. The US is closer to being one, but China does a lot to prop up the sectors they want to dominate allowing them to sell WAY below cost, functionally dumping their goods in our market to destroy competition. I have seen this in my area recently with shrimp farmed by Chinese comglomerates being sold super cheap to push local producers (who have to live at US prices and obey US laws) out of business.

    China also has VERY lax safety and environmental laws which reduce costs greatly. It isn't an equal playing field, they don't play fair.

  • Hoozyadatty Hoozyadatty on May 23, 2024

    Tariffs are fair in this case because we aren't dealing with a level playing field, since China artificially deflates the value of their currency creating an unfair advantage.