ongoing trade war between the United States and China has been drawing plenty
of international news coverage, but many analysts, business professionals and
everyday commentators are failing to pay attention to one of its most important
long-term consequences. It’s growing increasingly obvious that trade disputes
between the U.S. and other nations will quickly escalate into broader
geopolitical conflicts that could inhibit the flow of not just goods, but also
people, across international borders.
trade war thrash the tech sector’s talent pool?
Most of the
news coverage centered on the president’s ongoing trade war has focused on
American farmers and logistical supply chains. Chinese media sources have been endlessly cheering the ongoing dispute as being
fantastic for Chinese logistics companies, but the truth of the matter is that
businesses on both sides of the Pacific have been sorely hit by the
companies being forced to redraw their supply chains has warranted plenty of
coverage, but the long-term consequences of this trade war as it pertains to
our future talent pool have gone largely unnoticed.
forget how tech shapes the world.
reason we’re so eager to ignore the long-term costs of the trade war is that we
want it to be over as soon as possible and can’t spare another moment’s agony
in musing its future consequences. The truth of the matter is that we can’t
forget how tech shapes the world, as having a well-educated workforce and a
focus on digital technology is the only surefire way to remain prosperous well
into the 21st century.
companies shouldn’t be fretting about their supply chains or find themselves
kept up at night by worries that they won’t be able to hire talented workers in
the future. Instead, they should be digitizing their operations, bolstering
their online presence, and honing their digital marketing abilities to more
capably compete in tomorrow’s market. Regardless of the company’s size, all digital marketing channels can
help SEO and
ultimately allow companies to remain competitive.
the American trade deficit is evidently an important priority for a large
number of politically well-connected voters, but the truth of the matter is
that the damage being wrought on the American system of higher education is
drastic and, while largely unnoticeable right now, will spell out long term
consequences which haunt us for generations. Companies in Silicon Valley will
find it harder and harder to attract overseas talent when those prospective
workers are terrified of having their visas suddenly revoked. Furthermore,
depriving American students of opportunities to mingle and learn from foreign
students (who are often the best and brightest from their native countries) is
harmful to our own budding generation of future entrepreneurs and scientists.
disputes between the United States and her trading partners shouldn’t be
resolved at the expense of American universities and their student bodies.
American students should have every opportunity to speak and interact with
foreign students, many of whom will become future Americans (or at least
temporary workers here) because of their experiences at American universities.
The better way to compete with China would be to
focus on renewal, rather than protectionism.
insinuation that trade wars are good and easy to win spells out disaster for
the future of American higher education. Unless we can remain attractive on the
global stage, our universities will slowly but surely lose their position at
the top of the global hierarchy. Ongoing trade tensions become even more
economically harmful when they’re resolved in such a way that the American
workforce loses access to crucial professionals who are often the best and
brightest workers available. The trade war shows no sign of abating anytime
soon, and our tech sector will continue to suffer for as long as it rages on.