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British foreigners are not the only troublemakers. A recent survey indicates that Chinese police are installing software on the smartphones of ordinary Chinese citizens even when they are not suspected of any crime. In a different setting, American actors have been banned from film performances in China's film industry which has expanded rapidly in recent years. We'll always have Paris, but we won't always have Beijing.
The Chinese posture is important for the United States to understand at a time when the Trump administration is engaged in a trade war with China. At the G20 meeting, of 19 countries and the E.U. in Osaka, June 28–29, 2019, President Donald Trump spoke of a truce in the trade war. This repeated a similar statement made at the previous G20 meetings in Buenos Aires in December 2018. The objective then was that China would not intervene in its economy to distort trade relations, while the U.S. would suspend imposing more tariffs on China.
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Trump insists on keeping tariffs until China is more agreeable and wants to impose tariffs if appropriate. He halted additional tariffs on Chinese goods, though the 25% tariffs on half of China imports, $300 billion, remain, and Huawei technologies, guilty of trade protectionism, can still buy some U.S. components. Similarly, the ban the U.S. imposed for a short time in 2018 on exports to the Chinese large multinational telecommunications equipment firm ZTE because of national security reasons, since it had ties to the Chinese government through handsets and infrastructure equipment, was not reintroduced. Nevertheless, it appears that Trump believes that the threat of more tariffs will weaken Chinese resistance and end the continuing Chinese theft of intellectual property.
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