If the expanding trade dispute between the United States and the rest of the world in general, and China in particular, were not so worrying, one of the many anecdotes from the White House would make you smile tiredly. The new economic advisor to US President Donald Trump, Larry Kudlow, had suggested a “coalition of the willing” with the United States at the top, which should work together against unfair trade practices in China. Shaming the proposal is that Trump’s predecessor Barack Obama had pursued exactly that goal with the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). His successor in the White House, however, resigned in one of his first acts, the coalition of the willing again. Trump could not have made a bigger present to the Chinese.