Communist China's strategy is to spend and spy and steal to become the No. 1 superpower in the 21st century. The Chinese are seeking every kind of technology: aerospace, biotech, information and energy.
They subsidize their exports to undersell U.S. products, engage in massive intellectual property theft, and impose high tariffs on imports to protect their home market. A Detroit-made Jeep Grand Cherokee sells for $27,490 in the U.S. but $85,000 in China.
U.S. Trade Ambassador Ron Kirk, just interviewed on Fox News, demands 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 10 years. The Chinese have shot the most volleys and we're losing."
Kirk didn't mention the nasty way China treats U.S. companies that locate plants in China. The Chinese force U.S. corporations to give China their technology and manufacturing secrets as the price of doing business in China.
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 U.S. 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. What we are exporting to China is U.S. jobs.
The auto-parts industry has been a backbone of U.S. manufacturing; three-fourths of the more than 600,000 U.S. auto-industry jobs are with parts companies. The auto-parts jobs are now migrating to China, and California alone is at risk of losing 70,000 jobs.
To build its own auto-parts industry, China is using all sorts of predatory trading practices. These include an $8.7 billion illegal subsidy, rigging its tax laws, manipulating its currency, tax incentives, low-interest loans, border taxes, and mandates that autos assembled in China must use engines made in China.
Stealing industrial secrets is a major part of China's trade relationship with America. China has a large pool of potential spies among Chinese immigrants to the United States and the unprecedented number of Chinese graduate students attending U.S. universities.
Phyllis Schlafly is a national leader of the pro-family movement, a nationally syndicated columnist and author of Feminist Fantasies.
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