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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Nothing Fair About Free Trade with China

There is nothing fair or free about so-called Free Trade with Communist China. Communist China uses a variety of unfair means to limit American access to their markets while stealing our designs, patents, know-how, technology, and the intellectual property that drives innovation. China has built up its economy by piggybacking onto Western technology and manipulates its currency to the disadvantage of American exporters, excludes American products from government purchases, subsidizes Chinese companies to give them a commercial advantage, and invents regulations and standards designed to keep out foreign competition.

The U.S. government has accused the Chinese of being the world's "most active and persistent" perpetrators of economic spying. Much of this spying is carried out in cyberspace, where vast volumes of data can be stolen in seconds, according to U.S. intelligence officials. The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Mike Rogers, accused China of industrial cyberespionage against the U.S., calling it "brazen and widespread theft of intellectual property from foreign commercial competitors. Beijing is waging a massive war on all of us, and [the U.S. and its allies] should band together and pressure them to stop."

China's nuclear arsenal poses the most serious "mortal threat" to the United States, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told the Senate Armed Services Committee on March 10, 2011. The U.S. intelligence community expresses increased concern about China's military buildup, most of which is carried out in secret.

We need a federal administration that will stand up for American interests and stop the racket of so-called free trade with China.

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