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GROWING PROTECTIONISM IN USA AND CHINA ALARMS COMPANIES

Recent trade developments have caused mistrust between American and Chinese governments and investors. After the USA have imposed anti-dumping sanctions on imports of Chinese solar products, China has been accused of taking revenge by launching anti-monopoly investigations that target almost exclusively US companies.

Moreover, Beijing appears to be inclined in proceeding with protectionist measures in response to US ones against Chinese investments in its market.

In the past years China’s strategy to support its economic growth has been based on backing investments in the USA through numerous M&As, joint ventures and partnerships, especially under the WTO framework. Unfortunately, these recent developments have caused widespread mutual mistrust and they’re compromising all the attempts to open the IT market since the most affected companies are Microsoft, Qualcomm, Apple, Symantec, Huawei and Sany Group.

In this critical situation, the US Government feels more and more exposed and sees no other option but to increase its protectionism, in fact: Chinese GDP is expected to exceed US one in less than a decade, depriving US of its commercial supremacy; China is putting new efforts in renovating its army and its dubious intentions are causing concerns since they are not alleys; China’s close connections with Iran and North Korea are seen as a threat to US security and military hacking cases are multiplying.

United States will enjoy the benefits deriving from Chinese investors only if they will be able to focus on boosting their economy without excessive political interference concealed by security reasons.

 

The gLAWcal Team

LIBEAC project

Wedsnesday, 27 August 2014

(Source: Want China Times)

This news has been realized by gLAWcal—Global Law Initiatives for Sustainable Development in collaboration with the University Institute of European Studies (IUSE) in Turin, Italy and the University of Piemonte Orientale, Novara, Italy which are both beneficiaries of the European Union Research Executive Agency IRSES Project “Liberalism in Between Europe And China” (LIBEAC) coordinated by Aix-Marseille University (CEPERC). This work has been realized in the framework of Workpackages 4, coordinated by University Institute of European Studies (IUSE) in Turin, Italy.