Trade talk is better than war talk, so it was good to see the announcement last month that the United States and Taiwan are about to embark on bilateral trade negotiations.

Lately there’s been too much war talk, much of it involving China and Taiwan—and there hasn’t been nearly enough trade talk.

The policy of the United States should be clear: We don’t want to fight a war with anyone, and we want to trade with everyone.

U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai put it well recently when she visited Iowa, with a message for farmers like me.

“What has become clear to us is we need to turn the page on the old playbook,” she said in an...