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US and China, Trade Talks Collapse, Threats and Anger

Currently the US and China are engaged in a trade war that has accelerated into full blown dispute with mutual placement of tariffs. 

Despite trade negotiations starting during the Clinton Administration, with progress until the Obama Presidency there has  always 
been one key  sticking point — intellectual property protection. Much of it built around forced transfer of technology 
The US, as well as the European Union, Japan, South Korea and several other nations have voiced displeasure with China with regards to the protection provided to their nation’s
largest corporations and their property rights. 
EU Commissioner for Trade Cecila Malmstrom presented a case to the WTO for unfair technology transfers saying, “we cannot let any 
country force our  companies to surrender this hard-earned knowledge at its border.” She went on to say, “…..if players do not stick to 
the rulebook, the whole system might collapse.”  
Now within China there has been increased cooperation from those reformers who are asking the West to be patient as China has 
exploded onto the world stage as an economic power in the past 25 years but its legal system and intellectual rights protection courts 
have not progressed as quickly. 
China`s Vice-Premier  is considered, and this is echoed by all US trade representatives, not only an gifted and results oriented trade  
negotiator but an outstanding person who clearly sees the US-China trade talks as a win-win project. However, the Hawks in the CCP have
taken over talks and view the US requests as too aggressive with regards to intellectual property rights and technology transfer. 
Where China and its trade partners can make common cause is in the shared views that:
1. The talks must be principled and global in philosophy. 
2. Talks must address corruption issues (
In fact, China views talks as perhaps an outside influence that will help with internal issues), such as real time monitoring, 
enforcement of laws and accountability. 
The US trade deficit with China in 2018 was $419 billion dollars – but the current talks cover much more than trade in goods with China. 
And because these Hawks see the deal much like the deals signed by China 200 years ago which resulted in what is known in China as the 200 years of humiliation,
there is a deep distrust taking hold of the talks 
Geopolitical scientists now view these talks as China “developing international skills” and moving away from mercantilism, while it 
builds an international and integrated economy. Also, these same thought leaders have made a clear observation. That even at this early stage in the talks, President Trump and President Xi have already had a lot of face-to-face contact. 
However, after 9 months of gruelling negotiations, the last 5 months have been mainly trade representatives meeting in Washington and Beijing in 
what can be described as little more than heated debates. 
Thus, it would make eminent sense to have Trump and Xi sit down at the table for a week and inject their views – if the leaders are cooperating, both
US and Chinese trade reps would follow. 


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