By this standard of 'taxes' you may as well start advocating the elimination of the minimum wage as its a 'tax' paid by Americans.
China has some particularly huge advantages over the US in terms of trade - no minimum wage, no environmental standards, no health and safety standards that make 'free trade' a joke. The currency manipulation is only the tip of the iceberg.
"By this standard of 'taxes'"
Tariffs are clearly a tax. Prior to the establishment of income taxes they accounted for about 90% of the fed govt revenue. It was how the fed govt was funded.
It's a tax on consumers.
Are you advocating that we attack the problems of China's lack of enviro standards, OSHA standards and min wage by taxing Americans?
I see no practical alternative.
Easy fix - we put a tariff on everything imported based on the previous year's trade imbalance. If exports to Country 'X' exceed imports from Country 'X' by 1.05/1, its tariff for the next year is 5%. If imports from Country 'Y' are equal to or less than exports to Country 'Y', its goods have no tariff next year. If imports from Country 'Z' exceed exports to Country 'Z' by 2/1, its tariff for the next year is 200%.We COULD just stop ALL imports from China...or pass a law that prohibits trade imbalances with any country. If they want to sell us $1 Billion worth of goods, they have to BUY $1 Billion worth of our goods.
Yeah, that's gonna happen...