Another View: Communist China Deserves to Be Scorned | Columnists

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Last year, the American people bought $75 billion worth of cell phones made in communist China and $59 billion worth of computers.

We also purchased more than $39 billion in China-made toys and games, $24 billion in clothing and textiles, and $19 billion in household appliances.

During the year, the people of this country bought $504.9 billion worth of goods from Communist China, while Communist China bought only $151.4 billion from us. The result was a bilateral trade deficit of $353.5 billion – by far the largest US trade deficit with any country.

In fact, every year since 1985 — the first year the Census Bureau reported on the trade balance between the United States and China — the United States has run a trade deficit with this communist regime.

Now the Chinese regime is promising to conduct massive air and naval exercises in and over the waters surrounding Taiwan – an island it does not control, but over which it claims sovereignty.

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Why does it do that? Because Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi had the audacity to visit Taiwan.

What is the difference between Taiwan and the People’s Republic of China?

The people of Taiwan are free, and the people of the People’s Republic are not.

“Taiwan is a democracy led by a president and parliament selected in multiparty elections,” says the State Department’s 2021 human rights report on that country.

“Authorities enforced laws prohibiting human rights violations and criminalizing official corruption and prosecuted officials who committed them,” the report said.

“The People’s Republic of China,” the State Department said in contrast, “is an authoritarian state in which the Communist Party of China is the supreme authority.”

In July 2021, Chinese President Xi Jinping, who is the leader of the Communist Party of China, said it was a commitment of that party to bring Taiwan into the People’s Republic of China.

“Resolving the Taiwan question and realizing China’s complete reunification is a historic mission and an unwavering commitment of the Communist Party of China,” he said.

Last June, as reported by The New York Times, General Wei Fenghe, who is China’s defense minister, attended a conference in Singapore, where he said: “If anyone dares to separate of Taiwan, we will not hesitate to fight, we will not shrink from the cost and fight to the end.”

The United States has no interest in a military conflict with China. But that doesn’t mean we should appease them, or ignore their outrageous human rights abuses, or not talk about their increasingly aggressive attitude towards Taiwan.

Nor does it mean that we should continue to ignore the damage they cause to our own economy and manufacturing base by running a massive trade surplus with our country every year.

On July 4, 1789, in one of its first acts, the United States Congress passed the Tariff Act, which specifically targeted trade with China. It imposed a 12.5% ​​tariff on all Chinese products other than teas imported into the United States on foreign ships and imposed duties ranging from 6 cents to 20 cents on pounds of various types of teas. imported.

It stated: “On all goods, articles and commodities, other than teas, imported from China or India, in vessels not built in the United States, and not wholly owned by a citizen or his citizens, nor in ships constructed in foreign countries , and on the sixteenth day of May last wholly owned by a citizen or citizens of the United States, and so on to the time of importation, twelve and one-half per cent ad valorem.”

It is time for American politicians to return to the vision of the Founding Fathers when it comes to our trade relationship with China.

This country is expected to impose significant tariffs on cell phones, computers, toys, games, textiles, clothing and appliances made in the People’s Republic. Tariffs should be high enough to more than negate any advantage a manufacturer derives from trying to exploit the cheap labor costs that China imposes on its own people through its dictatorial regime.

It should never again be profitable for a nominally US-based company to partner with the communist government of the People’s Republic – in the exploitation of the people who, from now on, are subjected to this unjust regime.

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