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Q: Does China trade unfairly?

I know the tax on imported cars and other goods is quite steep, but we are free to tax their goods. Is Trump correct or is the west just bitter at losing its manufacturing industry?
 

14 weeks 6 days ago in  Money & Banking - China

 
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Depends on what they agreed with. As far as individual trade deals between two countries go, it's up to both parties to come to an agreement, if the other country agreed too have no tax on Chinese imports while China has a 20% tax on theirs, they are stupid, but it's not unfair since they have agreed with it.

 

Most people's complaint revolve around the WTO that China joined in 2001. There is a fixed set of rules that apply to every members and override individual trade deals. When joining the organization, China agreed to these rules, namely opening its market to companies from the other member countries and axing import taxes from said countries altogether, you know free trade and all the usual stuff that comes along with it.

 

When joining, every countries get a 15 years 'trial' period to implement these regulations and to make their market WTO friendly. It's been over 15 years now and China has done none of the above requirements, if anything it's gotten worse for foreign companies in China. So yes, as far as the WTO goes, China is an unfair trader, probably the worst of them all.

 

And China will stomp his feet and yell like a rotten spoiled kid and make threats if any other member country of the WTO decides not to follow the rules.

 

If it were up to me, China would be kicked out of the WTO here and now, but the people in charge got no balls.

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This is not something I know a lot about so I might be talking out of my arse, but I always thought that if a company wants to sell its product in China, knowing that it will be taxed heavily that's their choice and if China is able to get away with charging that tax while their goods may not be taxed as heavily in other countries can you really blame them for getting the best deal they can?

 

As for Americans being bitter at losing their manufacturing... it's not as if China forced U.S companies to move their factories overseas, the companies did it because it suited them and made them more money. If it wasn't China it probably would have been some other developing country with no labor or environmental laws.Blaming China for Americans losing jobs is stupid .

 

From what I understand Trump and his family produce their own clothing in China too so blaming China for stealing U.S jobs is hypocritical.

 

 

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Yes and No, the problem of tariffs falls on the countries signing trade deals with China. American politicians are corrupt and hell bent on selling out America. On top of the tilted tariffs China inflates the price of foreign goods. I've talked to many people who work in various industries and they've all told me the same thing. Foreign goods made in China are shipped out and shipped back in to inflate the costs then the tariffs are charged on top of the inflated costs. That's cheating. Also, China engages in price fixing when it comes to foreign companies. Example, Chevy cars must be priced higher in order to not compete with Chinese brands. That's cheating. And all of these things are ignored when it comes to foreign media. 

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Depends on what they agreed with. As far as individual trade deals between two countries go, it's up to both parties to come to an agreement, if the other country agreed too have no tax on Chinese imports while China has a 20% tax on theirs, they are stupid, but it's not unfair since they have agreed with it.

 

Most people's complaint revolve around the WTO that China joined in 2001. There is a fixed set of rules that apply to every members and override individual trade deals. When joining the organization, China agreed to these rules, namely opening its market to companies from the other member countries and axing import taxes from said countries altogether, you know free trade and all the usual stuff that comes along with it.

 

When joining, every countries get a 15 years 'trial' period to implement these regulations and to make their market WTO friendly. It's been over 15 years now and China has done none of the above requirements, if anything it's gotten worse for foreign companies in China. So yes, as far as the WTO goes, China is an unfair trader, probably the worst of them all.

 

And China will stomp his feet and yell like a rotten spoiled kid and make threats if any other member country of the WTO decides not to follow the rules.

 

If it were up to me, China would be kicked out of the WTO here and now, but the people in charge got no balls.

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Yes, they do trade unfairly... but nobody holds them accountable. 

 

They cheated but they profited so much from it that most countries turned a blind eye due to needing the business Chinese brought (tourism, students, Chinese invesments, etc.)

 

Now that things are starting to settle... (China's economy is taking a hit)... the Chinese will most likely start to play ball... or suffer... 

 

Seems the world is getting tired of letting the Chinese cheat and get away with it. 

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China trades unfairly, no question about it.

 

A brief chat between a young mainland china cop and I last Friday evening said a lot,  bearing in mind that cops (at least the majority) and justice in developed countries went hand in hand. 

 

We started with the cold weather as I saw him patrolling outside a government office, and got onto global warming. He was about 27 years old, born and grew up in Henan. When he heard from me that the glaciers, the source of water for Yellow River and Yangtze River were all shrinking he said, "sure, I grew up in the North,  we witnessed the drying up of the Yellow River".

 

We then chatted about mankind in general. I asked him, "in your opinion, how much has mankind evolved since the cavemen era?"  He asked me how I defined evolution.  I said, "an evolved person IMHO is one who has moral integrity, as oppose to low lives who have no integrity". He then said to him it was all about survival.  It was painfully obvious that he had no moral standard (he was doing his job  probably to earn a living, that's all). He also commented on the 1.4 billion population.

 

He wasn't the only one who I chatted with in China who gave me the survival-justified any-means belief. 

 

CCP really did a remarkable job at teaching ruthlessness. Basically, the whole China was (and is) a NO-JUSTICE-DECEITFUL-SURVIVAL mode.  You have a far better chance of success asking a pig to fly than China to trade fairly.