Morici blames the return of stagflation on "Chinese mercantilism" as its government fixes oil prices at home at low levels.
"If you want to know why there are riots in Egypt, it's because of Chinese mercantilism," he says.
An economic doctrine that flourished in Europe from the sixteenth to the eighteenth centuries. Mercantilists held that a nation's wealth consisted primarily in the amount of gold and silver in its treasury. Accordingly, mercantilist governments imposed extensive restrictions on their economies to ensure a surplus of exports over imports. In the eighteenth century, mercantilism was challenged by the doctrine of laissez-faire. (See also Adam Smith.)
Note: The European quest for colonial holdings in Asia, Africa, and North and South America was partially a product of mercantile economics.