U.S. Trade Ambassador Ron Kirk, recently interviewed on Fox News, demanded that we be nice to Communist China lest we start a "trade war." But as Robert Atkinson, president of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation said, "The trade war has already been going on for five or ten years. ... and we're losing."
Chinese Communist officials must be laughing all the way to the bank at U.S. self-deception about free trade. What the Chinese mean by free trade is that the United States is bound by rules, but China gets our manufacturing technology free, sells us shoddy and sometimes poisonous merchandise, and uses its profits to build a military to overtake ours.
For years, U.S. free traders have been promising that we will soon be exporting our products to China. But what we are really exporting to China is U.S. jobs.
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