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U. S. Trade Rep. Declares China an 'Unprecedented Threat' to World Trade System

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China’s manipulative trade practices and economic model represent an “unprecedented threat” to the world’s market-based economy and U. S. interests, said th
China’s manipulative trade practices and economic model represent an “unprecedented threat” to the world’s market-based economy and U. S. interests, said the incumbent United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer in a speech on Monday.
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 market, in China and throughout the world, is a threat to 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 regime, hence known as the “national champions” of the Chinese economy.
Not only do Chinese state-owned enterprises receive extensive protection from the Chinese regime against foreign competition, they are also often the culprits in stealing technology and other intellectual properties from foreign companies.

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