On the surface this argument makes sense. China would definitely profit from tricking the U.S. into making less money from manufacturing so that they could make more profit. This could absolutely have happened; but I don’t think it did.
If that were the case, why would China be taking such drastic action to battle climate change? In 2015, China cut their CO2 emissions in just four months by the equivalent of the whole of the UK’s CO2 emissions over the same period.
China also just finished building the largest floating solar panel farm on Earth. Not only does it utilise empty space that otherwise wouldn’t be of any value, the water keeps the solar panels at an ambient temperature meaning there isn’t a need for expensive cooling systems.
So, the people who made up climate change to harm America’s economy are the same people who are cutting their carbon emissions significantly and breaking ground in renewable energies?
Trump’s argument just does not make sense.