Monday, October 9, 2017

US Trade Official Declares China an ‘Unprecedented Threat’ to World Trade System

A century ago a frenzy of monopoly building was  restructured by the US senate and congress because it got out of hand.  We are now reaching a similar point globally.  The place in place to properly solve it will be the UN.

Yet much of the necessary restructuring will need to be bilateral as well.  The enforcement tools also need to be built.  In fact iv can scare up a wide range of initiatives that the UN needs to pursue without chasing faux problems like global warming or particularly local ones like the environment.

Trade gaming is top of the list along with the application of title law and management to the high seas in order to optimize the global fishery.. .

US Trade Official Declares China an ‘Unprecedented Threat’ to World Trade System

By Paul Huang

September 18, 2017 AT 7:24 PM

United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said on Monday, Sept. 18, 2017, that China’s manipulative trade practices and economic model represent an “unprecedented threat’. (Paul Huang/The Epoch Times)

WASHINGTON—China’s manipulative trade practices and economic model represent an “unprecedented threat” to the world’s market-based economy and U.S. interests, said U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, in a speech on Sept. 18.

It was the first major public speech given by Lighthizer, a long-term critic of China’s trade practices against the United States. Lighthizer told a crowd of over a hundred at the Center for Strategic and International Studies that China represents the one challenge facing the administration that is “substantially more difficult than those faced in the past.”

“The sheer scale of their coordinated efforts to develop their economy, to subsidize, to create ‘national champions,’ to force technology transfers, and to destroy markets in China and throughout the world, is a threat to the world trading system that is unprecedented,” said Lighthizer.

Lighthizer was referring to the hundreds, if not thousands, of Chinese state-owned enterprises (SOE) that are institutionally protected and promoted by the Chinese communist regime, hence known as the “national champions” of the Chinese economy.

Not only do Chinese SEOs receive extensive protection from the Chinese regime against foreign competition, they are also often the culprits of intellectual property theft from foreign companies. A large number of American companies has fallen victim to such abusive tactics by the regime, resulting in massive job losses for American workers, according to Lighthizer and many other critics of China’s trade practices.

“Unfortunately, the World Trade Organization is not equipped to deal with this problem,” Lighthizer said. “WTO and its predecessor, the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, were not designed to successfully manage mercantilism on this scale.”

“We must find other ways to defend our companies, workers, farmers, and indeed, our economic system. We must find ways to ensure our market-based economy prevails.”

Abusive trade practices by the Chinese state-owned enterprises have inflicted significant harm on American companies and will be dealt with by the Trump administration, according to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer. Showing cargo ships berthed at a port in Qingdao, China. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

Lighthizer did not reveal any specifics about the ongoing investigation into Chinese intellectual property theft, a process that was started by President Donald Trump on Aug. 14. He revealed, however, that the investigators receive “an awful lot of complaints” from executives of American companies that have been hurt by the abusive practices of the Chinese regime, with many complaining that they have been forced to give up their technology and corporate secrets to their Chinese competitors.

Hawkish Stance

Lighthizer’s comment on Sept. 18 is the latest signal that the Trump administration remains steadfast on the campaign pledge of taking a hardline stance on trade policy with China, despite the departure on Aug. 19 of White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, who was widely thought to be the administration’s primary advocate of a hawkish stance against China.

Lighthizer is not the only “trade hawk” inside Trump’s administration. Peter Navarro, an economist who is known for his outspoken criticism of the Chinese regime and its trade practices against the United States, was selected by Trump to head the newly created National Trade Council and is believed to be playing a key role in forming the administration’s trade policies.

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