The upcoming Presidential election has seen one issue brought to light between the candidates, with each claiming the other is “weaker” on the concern. The threat from China, and its severity, has been a hot topic for debate. The next administration and their stance on China will be critically influential in the future of America and the rest of the world. Many companies based in the U.S. view China as a partner, despite concerns voiced by others. In order to properly determine where the U.S. should go next in their relationship with China, this author believes we need to look to the past to find the answers.