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Biden’s tariffs on China are about more than economics

SThe howling US tariffs on clean energy technologies from China represent the latest reinforcement of the Biden administration’s trade weapons against its biggest geopolitical rival. But does it deliver anything of economic significance?

The White House’s decision to impose higher tariffs on specific Chinese goods worth $18 billion will not change trade flows. The most striking measure is a 100 percent import tariff on Chinese electric vehicles. But China sells virtually no electric cars in the United States, where only 2 percent of all imported battery-powered cars, worth about $400 million, are Chinese.

Chinese automakers have stayed away from the US after the 2018-2019 Trump tariffs and have instead focused on penetrating European markets with their cheaper and often