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Dear Mr. Robert

Reader comment on item: Poll: Israel Victory Gains Strength
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Submitted by Debanjan Banerjee (India), Oct 18, 2018 at 02:46

I am extremely sorry to be so late to reply to you. These are holiday times at this time of the year in India so all of us actually want to spend most time with our families. I wish you to a very good holiday season (Christmas in advance)

1. I must mention that when it comes to China, the US can very easily resolve the trade dispute. As I mentioned that China is ready to increase imports from the US but unfortunately it is the US that does not want to reduce trade deficit. What the US has in plenty is high-tech arms but the US is not willing to import these. If the US decides to sell all her aircraft carriers in the region to China then immediately within 6 months most of the trade deficit will be taken care of. After all why would the US need any aircraft carrier for herself in Asia ? There is a very good article on this here :

http://www.atimes.com/article/sale-of-four-us-carriers-would-cut-china-trade-deficit/

I also do remember that one NYT article about 8 years ago talked about US ceding Taiwan to China permanently in exchange of US debts to China.

The only problem that is preventing the US to consider these kinds of scenarios is that the US believes in a mythical idea called the American exceptionalism which teaches that the US is superior over the rest of the World. I believe that particular type of belief is the most crucial factor that is preventing the resolution of the trade dispute between US and China. I would love your extremely useful viewpoint on the same.

2. When it comes to Iran again I did make the point many times before that the Iranians are ready to sit with the US and negotiate a deal. The JCPOA and the Iranian cooperation in Afghanistan are prime examples of the same. The only condition from Iran is that the US give up the concept of regime change in Iran as well as hand over some of the US security roles in the region to US. I think these demands are very reasonable since why do the US need to keep a strong presence in the region as thanks to the shale revolution the US does not need to import from the region.

What is really preventing the US to sit up with Iran and negotiate a deal is that same American sense of superiority over the rest of the World.

I would also love your views about the same.

I will be eagerly awaiting your replies on the same.

Thanks and regards with best wishes
Debanjan

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