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The supply-chain disaster that is eating Christmas is being driven by a Biden-Xi conflict that many are overlooking

The supply-chain disaster that is eating Christmas is being driven by a Biden-Xi conflict that many are overlooking

The trade war between Xi Jinping and Joe Biden is intensifying the supply crisis.
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The supply chain crisis is one of 2021's biggest stories, but it can be traced back to the last decade.




The US-China "trade war" of the Trump years included semiconductor chips - the exact shortage crippling the world's economy.




Biden isn't changing course from Trump, and it's leaving Americans short on personal electronics and cars.


The holidays are coming, and that supply-chain crisis you may have heard about is going to make shopping miserable.Hundreds of thousands of ships full of imported goods from Asia are piled up outside of Los Angeles and other major ports. American automakers don't have enough semiconductor chips to make as many cars as people want to buy. Every other product - from toys to computers - that needs a chip will be in short supply, too.What's often overlooked is that official US government policy is oriented around making these exact chips harder for China to manufacture. US President Joe Biden is continuing a "trade war" with his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, that began under Donald Trump, and he's not blinking as the supply-chain crisis endangers Christmas.The ships-and-chips crisis is another way America and China are on the verge of "decoupling,"as the Trump-era trade war hardens into a new status quo. People hoping for an easier holiday shopping season are overlooking how long and painful this transition could be.
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