Op-Ed: China operating more like trade enemy than trade ally

This article was co-authored by Bill Hagerty and originally posted on Fox Business on May 3, 2020.

President Trump and his administration have done an extraordinary job in slowing the spread of the coronavirus by taking early action to ban travel with China and providing detailed guidelines to both mitigate the spread of the virus and reverse its devastating economic impact.

But make no mistake, the efforts of China’s communist overlords to conceal and destroy evidence regarding COVID-19; including silencing their own people, expose this regime’s true intentions: to preserve their power and evade responsibility for their gross misconduct. Communist leaders prioritized regime control over the safety of the Chinese people, the world’s health, and the global economy.

This isn’t the first time it has been necessary for President Trump to stand up to the Communist Chinese regime.

He kept his campaign promise and took on their unfair trade practices, which included heavy subsidies for China’s state-controlled industries, forced technology transfers for firms seeking access to China’s domestic markets, and outright theft of intellectual property. Using targeted tariffs, President Trump pressured China to end its abusive trade practices. The Communist leaders finally came to the negotiating table and signed the historical “Phase One” trade deal with America.

As we wrote in the Wall Street Journal in January, in addition to its pledge to increase purchases of U.S. manufactured goods, agricultural goods, energy products, and services, China agreed to “structural reforms and other changes” in the areas of “intellectual property, technology transfer, agriculture, financial services, and currency and foreign exchange.”

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