Forty percent of Germany's imports come from countries in the European Union. Only 4 percent of Germany's imports head to China and only 8 percent of imports are from China.
In France the numbers are even clearer; 51 percent of all French exports are with European Union countries and when the US is included the number is almost 60 percent. French imports from European Union countries and the United States is 61 percent of the total.
In the United States our three largest export partners are Canada 20 percent, Mexico 11.7 percent and China 5.5 percent. We export agricultural products (soybeans, fruit, corn) 9.2%, industrial supplies (organic chemicals) 26.8%, capital goods (transistors, aircraft, motor vehicle parts, computers, telecommunications equipment) 49.0%, consumer goods (automobiles, medicines) 15.0%. That all sounds good until you realize that China accounts for 16 percent of all of our imports or more then three times the amount we sent to them.
The United States exports raw materials and imports finished goods and only one of our three largest trading partners has a similar economy. Two of the three have workers who toil for between two to five dollars a day. Can the United States ever compete on that level? Can we maintain safe drinking water or a decent educational system? Can we maintain an interstate highway system or a national defense? The answer is as obvious as the illness; free trade isn't free. Free trade is about the exploitation of labor and the evasion of environment law.
This isn't about xenophobia or trade barriers but about common sense and national quality of life standards. If, as a nation, we won't defend our standard of living and the opportunity for Americans to earn a decent living, what else is there left to defend?
A government that doesn't defend its people isn't worthy of being defended by its people.