Getting tough on China to placate some of the frustrations of the U.S. electorate would be tempting for president-elect Donald Trump but the long-term implications of such a policy stance would be detrimental to U.S. interests, an academic told CNBC on Thursday.
Eswar Prasad, a professor of trade policy at Cornell University, told CNBC's "Squawk Box" that such a move would not address the deeper, fundamental problems that have hurt lower-middle class American voters. Instead, it would only spark retaliatory measures from Beijing that could harm U.S.' global interests.
"Almost certainly we would see an aggressive and strident reaction from China (if Trump were to carry out on his election promises)," said Prasad. "Possibly reducing access to Chinese markets for U.S. businesses and putting a crimp on U.S. companies operating in China."