Share this on Twitter Share this on Facebook Share this on LinkedIn Share this on Sina Weibo Share this on Wechat Share this on LinkedIn Ministers pose during an opening session of the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) in Tokyo Saturday, January 2019. Credit: Eugene Hoshiko/AP Photo TOKYO – Former U.S. President Donald Trump’s isolationist and protectionist “America First” policies seriously damaged America and its global leadership role. Raising tariffs on imports to the United States — in particular, from China — succeeded only in prompting other countries to impose reciprocal tariffs on U.S. goods. Trump’s trade policy therefore ended up hurting most Americans, from farmers to middle-class consumers. Under Trump, America also unilaterally abandoned its global role, which would have enabled the U.S. to tilt international rule-making regarding trade and the management of the climate crisis to its advantage. The U.S. withdrew from the 2015 Paris climate agreement, the World Health Organization, and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal, and launched a contemptuous assault on the World Trade Organization by refusing to agree to any appointments to the WTO’s Appellate Body. Trump’s isolationism was particularly painfulSubscribe or login to read the rest. Subscribers get full access to: Exclusive longform investigative journalism, Q&As, news and analysis, and data on Chinese business elites and corporations. We publish China scoops you won't find anywhere else. A weekly curated reading list on China from David Barboza, Pulitzer Prize-winning former Shanghai correspondent for The New York Times. A daily roundup of China finance, business and economics headlines. We offer discounts for groups, institutions and students. Go to our Subscriptions page for details.