China Concerns Are No Reason to Maintain the Jones Act Status Quo

As scrutiny of the Jones Act intensifies, defenders of the 100‐​year‐​old law have come up with ever more imaginative justifications for keeping it in place. One argument currently en vogue is casting the Jones Act as a bulwark against Chinese expansionism. Such framing is not difficult to understand given the poisoned state of U.S.-China relations.