China is an Economic Predator. China needs Americans to buy their stuff. Without America as a customer a lot of Chinese will have nothing to do. China is a totalitarian dictatorship run by Communists. No one is free to do anything. Permission is needed to do anything unless it’s compulsory. It’s a rather horrid place and the rest of the world needs to step up and get the Chinese communist to stop cheating everybody else. The Trump Adminstration wrote “How China’s Economic Aggression Threatens the Technologies and Intellectual Property of the United States and the World” which explains the economic war by China against the world. It’s crammed full of facts that make the case that China is cheating. 

Table One: Vectors of China’s Economic Aggression in the Technology and IP Space

1.Physical Theft and Cyber-Enabled Theft of Technologies and IP

Physical Theft of Technologies and IP Through Economic Espionage

Cyber-Enabled Espionage andTheft

Evasion ofU.S. Export Control Laws Counterfeiting and Piracy

Reverse Engineering

2.Coercive and Intrusive Regulatory Gambits Foreign Ownership Restrictions

Adverse Administrative Approvals and Licensing Requirements

Discriminatory Patent and Other IP Rights Restrictions

Security Reviews Force Technology and IP Transfers

Secure and Controllable Technology Standards Data Localization Mandates

Burdensome and Intrusive Testing Discriminatory Catalogues and Lists Government Procurement Restrictions

Indigenous Technology Standards That Deviate From International Norms

Forced Research and Development Antimonopoly Law Extortion

Expert Review Panels Force Disclosure of Proprietary Information

Chinese Communist Party Co-opts Corporate Governance

Placement of Chinese Employees with Foreign Joint Ventures

3.Economic Coercion

Export Restraints Restrict Access to Raw Materials

Monopsony Purchasing Power

4.Information Harvesting

Open Source Collection of Science and Technology Information

Chinese Nationals in U.S. as Non-Traditional Information Collectors

Recruitment of Science, Technology, Business, and Finance Talent

5.State-Sponsored, Technology-Seeking Investment

Chinese State Actors Involved in Technology-Seeking FDI

Chinese Investment Vehicles Used to Acquire and Transfer U.S. Technologies and IP

Mergers andAcquisitions

Greenfield Investments

Seed and Venture Funding. That’s a lot of cheating.

The so called Sino – US relationship is an arms length one because of the vast difference between America and China which is over the idea that either the people or the state is sovereign. Chinese have no rights. That’s what a totalitarian culture is at rock bottom. Chinese exist is a state of permission from the Communist Party which rules China. Taiwan is different. It’s a democracy and the people have Rights.