This is an interesting article.
It does leave questions.
It also makes observations. It is hard to criticize tariffs simply because they are tariffs, given the fiascoes of what gets passed off as the “free market.” But while I doubt that tariffs are an essential source of xenophobia, Chow’s apprehension here is well based. Both anti-Russian and anti-Asian bigotry have increased alarmingly in the States of late, for reasons that appear grotesquely contrived. Both Democratic and Republican regimes have tested borders, encircled, and provoked both countries. The usual parrots repeat absurdities about Korea, Syria, Russia, and to an extent China, in much the manner that they did to Afghanistan, Iraq, and Iran in order to prepare excuses for war. One may hope that this is bluff. But all of the arguments that I have heard to assert that follow the line that our leaders are not insane or delusional. Sadly, that has long appeared unlikely.
The idea of solidarity between the workers of various nations is an appropriate response if it can be mounted, and surely mentioning the idea, as Chow does here, has to be part of accomplishing that.
But before we can accomplish that, we will need common vectors of discourse. One early question would appear to be how to manage that.