Ironically, the Defense Protection Act is necessary in part because of Trump's imprudent fixation on China. His trade war placed tariffs on a vast array of Chinese-made products, including things we really need right now, such as medical equipment and protective gear for health care providers. As a result, China shifted its focus to other countries, and its sales to the U.S. slumped.
But instead of engaging in introspection about how his policies might have played a role in the shortage, not to mention in the United States' delayed response to the outbreak, the president as usual tried to shift blame elsewhere. When asked by a reporter why he continued to refer to the coronavirus in terms that offended Chinese officials, Trump responded petulantly, "Because it comes from China. That's why," adding that Chinese officials shouldn't have said that the outbreak was caused by an American soldier.
No, they shouldn't have; there's absolutely no evidence to suggest that. Nevertheless, it's rich to hear Trump complain about the conspiracy theory, given that he routinely trades in disinformation, legitimizing crackpot ideas while raising suspicions about objective facts.
The war of words between the two countries comes at a time when, like it or not, the U.S. needs China more than ever. Not just for producing so many products on which we depend, but for the knowledge gained by virtue of suffering through the first outbreak. We need all the data and all the help we can get right now about what worked and what didn't to prepare for the expected onslaught of COVID-19 cases in the U.S.