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New U.S. report slams China

New U.S. report slams China — trade war, day 139

After yesterday’s proposal to update technology export restrictions, a new 53-page report issued by the office of U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer accuses China of ongoing intellectual property theft, unfair trade practices, and more.

The report is an update to the USTR’s investigation into Chinese policies on IP and technology transfer — a key concern of the Trump administrationthat is shared by many American business leaders.“China has not fundamentally alteredits unfair, unreasonable, and market-distorting practices that were the subject of the March 2018 report on our Section 301 investigation,” Lighthizer said in a statement. Among the allegations:“China continues its policy and practice of conducting and supporting cyber-enabled theft and intrusions into the commercial networks of U.S. companies and those of other countries” (the report notes an increase in cyberattacks since mid-2017).“The Chinese government has persisted in using foreign investment restrictions to require or pressure the transfer of technology from U.S. companies to Chinese entities.”“China continues to maintain…discriminatory licensing restrictions.”“The Chinese government continues to direct and unfairly facilitate the systematic investment in, and acquisition of, U.S. companies and assets by Chinese entities.”China downplayed the report. When asked about it, Foreign Ministry spokesman Gěng Shuǎng 耿爽 said, "I would like to emphasize that the essence of China-US trade cooperation is that it is mutually beneficial and win-win,” according to the Straits Times.

Peter “Death by China” Navarro will not go to G-20

Meanwhile, preparations for the G-20 meeting are forging ahead. The South China Morning Post reports that each side is likely to have six aides at the table, but one person who won’t be there is Peter “Death by China” Navarro, the hawkish Trump adviser whose rogue comments have been criticized by others in the administration. According to the SCMP:

With Navarro excluded, other candidates to accompany Trump to the dinner include Kudlow, US National Security Adviser John Bolton, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and US Ambassador to China Terry Branstad.


Where in the world is Liú Hè 刘鹤?

China’s top trade negotiator, Vice Premier Liu He, is making a three-day trip to Europe ahead of Argentina, where he will be meeting with senior officials and attending a business conference in Hamburg. “China will be seeking to step up trade policy coordination with European nations...to help protect it as the trade war with the United States continues,” the SCMP reports.

For links and summaries of other trade-war-related newsplease click through to SupChina for the complete version of this trade war update.

—Sky Canaves

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