What You Need To Know: President Trump’s Response To China’s Unfair Trade

WHAT: President Donald J. Trump’s Administration is taking action to address China’s unfair trade practices, including the forced transfer of United States technology and theft of U.S. intellectual property.  

The U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) announced an initial proposed list of Chinese goods imports that could be subject to additional tariffs. The initial list included approximately 1,300 tariff lines valued at an estimated $50 billion. In order to develop the initial proposed list, USTR worked with other agencies to identify products that unfairly benefit from China’s industrial policies. Further, there was extensive interagency analysis to ensure these tariffs maximize pressure on China to change its behavior, while minimizing the impact on the U.S. economy.

The initial proposed list will now undergo an extensive public comment period and public hearing. Once this process is complete, USTR will make a final determination on the proper response.

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Instead of addressing its misconduct, China has retaliated against American farmers and manufacturers. President Trump has therefore directed USTR to determine if an additional $100 billion worth of tariffs would be appropriate under section 301. Any additional tariffs would be subject to a similar review and public comment period as the initial list.

President Trump has instructed the Secretary of Agriculture to use his broad authority to implement a plan to protect American farmers and agriculture.

In addition to this week’s tariff announcements, USTR has initiated a WTO dispute against China for its unfair practices, is examining potential restrictions on Chinese investment, and is working with allies also affected by China’s unfair behavior to restore fairness to global trade.

WHY: President Trump’s trade actions are a response to years of unfair trade practices by China that have gone unaddressed.

Year after year, China continues to distort global markets and harm U.S. businesses and consumers with unfair trade practices.  For example, China’s unfair industrial policies, like their “Made in China 2025” policy initiative, clearly state China’s goal of taking away domestic and international market share from foreigners.  Members of all political parties, the U.S. business community, and workers around the world are concerned about China’s behavior.

President Trump has made it clear that the United States can no longer tolerate such behavior and he is following through on his pledge to take action to ensure that China finally plays by the rules. While previous Administrations let China’s actions go unanswered, President Trump is standing up for American workers to ensure that American businesses are treated fairly and lawfully.

The President is for free trade, but it must also be fair trade. Addressing unfair trade practices and ensuring that global trade is free, fair, and reciprocal will have a significant positive long-term impact on the U.S. economy.

The Administration’s responsive actions follow an extensive investigation by USTR, which revealed how China’s unfair policies and practices are harming American commerce. An interagency analysis concluded that these policies and practices cause at least tens of billions of dollars in damages to the United States every year.

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Judith Stockstill
Judith Stockstill
2 years ago

THANK YOU, President Trump, for courageously dealing with China’s unfair trade practices!!!

Regina Vitale
2 years ago

Wow about time!! USA should be making everything wow that would be great also lots of jobs!! Why don’t we make anything anymore? We just buy but it’s about time for fair trade. They sell our stuff over there really at a high price so the people will bring from their own! And we get left out!! Thanks mr President fair trade let’s see made in the USA

ck
ck
2 years ago

Wow

James Clooney
2 years ago

China finally getting called for their unfair trade theft and practices

David Sunkle
David Sunkle
2 years ago

THANK YOU PRESIDENT TRUMP. THIS WAS ?? IS LONG LONG :OVER=DUE. ‘

Robert W Gholston
Robert W Gholston
2 years ago

It’s about time! Thank you Mr. President!

William
William
2 years ago

Why are we still dealing with thwse no good thieving subhuman bastards that’ve stolen so many of out jobs and technologhy, will someone tell me wh?. These bastards have made it clear they’re enemies of the USA, worl peace and freedom. to hell with china and all communists! They’ve flooded our shores with substandard crap and poisones foods unfit for human and animal consumption, remember poisoned baby foods and poisoned pet jerkey treats? Time to deal with these bastards like they need to have been dealt with for years, with an iron hand!

Kate
Kate
2 years ago
Reply to  William

The problem isn’t just with the “Chinese b******s” it is with our own, the last four administrations gave away our security and rights of technology in exchange for money and power, remember all the cash Clinton received for their campaigns from the Chinese? That is just one example, so it is some of our own citizens who have been benifiting from this mess and now we have an administration who will clean it up. Thank you God for giving us leadership who will set this right.
MAGA

Kate
Kate
2 years ago

Thank you President Trump as this needed to be done Decades ago. China knows what they have done and they do not care. The one thing China did not anticipate is that you mean what you say and you act upon it. So go to it, perhaps then other countries as well will understand you are no ‘push-over’. Just as you have dealt with N. Korea, you don’t back down as you are Looking After The Interest Of The American People By Putting America First.

terrence tran
2 years ago

If the purpose of the fair trade is to pressure Chinese to play by the rule, then we’ve underestimated them. Chinese people and their cultures have never played by the rule. The moral business is not Chinese foundation. We must consider this golden rule when dealing with Chinese.

Alice
Alice
2 years ago

Stop buying and supporting Chinese products!!!

Ed Foltz
Ed Foltz
2 years ago

It’s about time ! Trump is the only president that has the “B-lls” to put an end to the US getting literally screwed. Go Mr. Trump

John Deninger
John Deninger
2 years ago

You go Mr President, ya got them on the run, keep up the pressure, kinda like Gen. George Patton would do, keep up the good work, were behind you all the way ☺

John Deninger
John Deninger
2 years ago

You go Mr President, ya got them on the run, keep up the pressure, kinda like Gen. George Patton would do, keep up the good work, were behind you all the way

Herb
Herb
2 years ago

Herb Shubick
Good for you, Mr. President. It takes a tough-minded businessman like yourself
to recognize China’s long standing unfair trade practices and take a tough stand for what’s right. You’ll win in this confrontation with China because with without our markets, they’d become a second class economic power…and they know it!

April 6, 2018

Emilio Socci
Emilio Socci
2 years ago

Don’cha’ luv it when a plan comes together… Yea!

earl
earl
2 years ago

we don’t need chinas crap were a big country who can make our own stuff put our people to work we did it in WW11 we can sure as hell do it now let um suck a big one thanks trump america first

Connie
Connie
2 years ago

Thank Heaven President Trump finally came along – to right the wrongs – instead of giving away our country to all takers

Red110306
Red110306
2 years ago

Fortunately, we have a President that will do just that!

Dave kelley
Dave kelley
2 years ago

I go to great lengths to not buy Chinese

Jg
Jg
2 years ago

It so sad that some Americans cannot voice an opinion in clean language. Calling people dirty names doesn’t add emphasis it only shows stupidity.

Patty Garbush
Patty Garbush
2 years ago

Thank you Mr. President, we trust your judgement, Keep up the good work??? we saw two great movies this week at the Theater: Paul, Apostle of Christ and I can only Imagine. Both were Christian based amazing stories, and the theatre was packed. God is looking down on us.

Larry Harvey
Larry Harvey
2 years ago
Reply to  Patty Garbush

As a good Christian how can you praise Trump? He is a chronic womanizer. At the very time his wife is caring for his new born son Baron, Trump is in bed with a porno star! He has had three marriages and endless numbers of one night stands. Trump also was involved with his phony Trump University which cheated many with false claims. The man is totally immoral .

Paul
Paul
2 years ago
Reply to  Larry Harvey

There are such actions called forgiveness, but an atheistic Hillary Whore wouldn’t understand. You don’t understand.

PATRICIA A. EDDY
PATRICIA A. EDDY
2 years ago
Reply to  Larry Harvey

Larry, where do you get your information, From CNN fake news. Where is your proof of the things you are spouting off about. You are just minicing things put out by fake news. Too bad you don’t care enough about your Country . Get off your high horse and see all the GOOD the President is doing, even for you. As a good Christian how can you disparage another person as you are doing with your self righteousness.

John Lawton
John Lawton
2 years ago
Reply to  Larry Harvey

President Trump was not elected to be the country’s spiritual leader, what he does in his private life is nobody else’s business.

Patty Garbush
Patty Garbush
2 years ago

Thank you Mr. President, we trust your judgement, Keep up the good work??? we saw two great movies this week at the Theater: Paul, Apostle of Christ and I can only Imagine. Both were Christian based amazing stories, and the theatre was packed. God is looking down on us. Bless you

G. Giant
2 years ago

Don’t bother with tariffs. Just start to require all imports be balanced with an EQUAL dollar amount of exports. That makes it simple. Shut down all TRADE unless it is balanced. And if they can’t do with that, they will destroy their own economy. Right now, they are taking the imbalance and BUYING UP AMERICA.

B. Kerr
B. Kerr
2 years ago

Its about time a President with BACKBONE stand up for the American people. China has been stealing our technology and dumping their GARBAGE on us for years. Free trade means FAIR TRADE!

MM
MM
2 years ago

Thanks you MR. President, for all the things you have done! The great work for the Country and protect the Country with the “WALL” And Stop the Caravan from Central America. NO ASYLUM for them. You have Blessed form GOD to take care of US! GOD Bless You and your Whole family!

factorywork
factorywork
2 years ago

I support everything done by the administration!

zee
zee
2 years ago

Stay Strong Mr. President. Thanks for Caring & Working on Correcting Many Injustices inflicted upon the USA for a Long Time. We Must Never Ever let the Left & Globalists take control of OUR Country.
> & btw: one thing Russia could Do for USA IS to be allowed to Arrest Geo Soros.
WHY in the ‘hell’ are we letting him ‘Stay Here’ ??? The WORLD HATES him, &
you know the Reason.

dandy
dandy
2 years ago
Reply to  zee

amen iam with you 100% zee
from a proud deplorable

Larry Harvey
Larry Harvey
2 years ago

The greatest danger to jobs is technology and automation not China. The imposition of tariffs and trade wars is not the way to deal with that country. It will only make the problems worse. A tariff is a tax on goods. Someone has to pay. The consumer will have to pay more at the store and will have fewer products to chose from. The American manufacturer who hires workers will be especially hurt. He has to pay more for his raw materials thus raising his cost of production and requiring him to charge more for his products which make him less competitive. Worse, retaliatory tariffs on American manufactured goods would reduce his sales and profits forcing him to lay off workers. Since large amounts of agricultural products are sold to China, the new Chinese tariff on these goods will hurt American farmers. Hard feelings of course develop on both sides. The Chinese also lose. Their consumers pay more and they sell less. Because they will sell less to us, they will buy still less from us. Everybody loses. Tariffs are self-defeating! Many economists believe that the high tariffs in the 1920’s which led to the decline of world trade help usher in the depression of the 1930’s.

zee
zee
2 years ago
Reply to  Larry Harvey

China NEEDS USA Agricultural products. China Can handle the Tariffs. Easily.

zee
zee
2 years ago
Reply to  Larry Harvey

ps. Larry, No Doubt “greatest Danger” is ‘tech’ etc .
> AI IS Already On ‘its’ Way. Going to Be Irreversible
if a ‘clamp’ is not put on it. & i Highly Doubt this ‘tech’
Will be Reversed. In ‘other words’ you know the ‘deal’.
Not good. What you think, 10 yrs?.

BOG G
BOG G
2 years ago

Holier than thou. He who is without sin, cast the first stone

John Furlong
2 years ago

China has been getting fat by screwing America for decades while the likes of blow job billy and the black boy sat on their asses and did nothing, now it is a major problem that would not be addressed if it were not for the Trump administration!

Barbara
Barbara
2 years ago

China has been getting away with unfair trading tactics for years it is about time they find out we in America will not bow to their unfair trade deals any longer. Be American buy American. There are other countries that are more then willing to buy from America better quality then a lot of the knock off items we get from China.

dandy
dandy
2 years ago
Reply to  Barbara

and the poor chinies worker and there swett shops just to send there crap to us

Larry k.
Larry k.
2 years ago

Keep chipping away at a log after awhile there’s nothing left, thanks mr. president.

Donald Bartling
Donald Bartling
2 years ago

President Trump has changed the direction of this country in many ways. I support almost all of them. There is the area of Trade that is causing me problems. At over 90 years of age I can remember the results of the SMOOT-HAWLEY ACT IN 1930. It was a major cause for great depression of the 30`s. OLD FARMER

John Soroka
John Soroka
2 years ago

Trump is a true patriot who really cares about Americans. I am supporting him 100% always.

Douglas W Johnson
Douglas W Johnson
2 years ago

This is a great start. I hope they continue with the tariffs, not for the purpose of hurting our people, but to get the Chinese to open there market. It sounds crazy, but the best way to get jobs in America is to make foreign products to cost more than it cost to produce here.

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