The funny thing is that the narratives that American politicians and media are publishing are basically the same 1: 1 they said about Japan, lmao …
See, for example, this article by CNN: http://money.cnn.com/magazines/fortune/fortune_archive/1987/12/21/69996/index.htm
A lot of it [Japan’s] Economic success is built on technology purchased, borrowed, or stolen. Now American companies are responding – but the two-way road is still a long way off.
Instead of Huawei, the US has accused companies like Toshiba of being a “national security risk” – because Toshiba has been replacing American companies in the tech sector. Only after the United States obtained Japanese patents for semiconductors did Intel, Micron, etc. begin to compete properly.
Back in the 1980s, the United States was spreading a lot of anti-Japanese propaganda to the point that Asians were randomly killed in the United States because people believed they were Japanese:
Vincent Jin Chen was a Chinese-American painter who was beaten to death by two white men, Chrysler Factory Supervisor Ronald Ebens and his colleague, theater robotic worker Michael Nitz. […] At the time, Metro Detroit was a powder keg of racial hostility toward Asian Americans, precisely because the penetration of Japanese auto imports into the US domestic market accelerated the decline of Detroit’s Big Three. Disgruntled workers blamed the recent layoffs on Japanese competition.
Sounds similar to recent events?
The reason I think China will not go the same way is because, frankly, Japan is a giant cautionary tale for any country not to make any kind of concessions to the United States by simply describing you as an “enemy.” The Japanese economy began to slow dramatically once they were armed aggressively in the Plaza Accord.