China hit out against the U.S. in a 71-page paper, accusing President Donald Trump’s administration of “trade bullyism practices” that have become “the greatest source of uncertainty and risk for the recovery of the global economy.”
The document, published on Monday, outlined the Chinese government’s response to criticisms leveled against it by the U.S. Issues addressed in the report include the trade imbalance between the two countries, Beijing’s subsidy policy and alleged intellectual property theft by China’s companies.
Meanwhile, Beijing called out Washington for practices that it said inhibit fair competition in the U.S. — such as subsidies — and allegedly abusing national security laws to obstruct the “normal investment activities” of Chinese companies on American shores.
Of note, those claims from China’s leadership mirror exactly what many experts say Beijing has, in fact, done. Yet despite the longstanding evidence of Chinese protectionism, the Monday white paper sought to position Asia’s largest economy as the global standard-bearer for fair trade.
“China does not want a trade war, but it is not afraid of one and will fight one if necessary,” Beijing said in the document. “We have a highly resilient economy, an enormous market, and the hard-working, talented and united Chinese people. We also have the support of all countries in the world that reject protectionism, unilateralism and hegemony.”
“The US government has taken extreme trade protectionist measures, which have undermined the international economic order, caused damage to China-US trade and trade relations around the world, disrupted the global value chain and the international division of labor, upset market expectations, and led to violent swings in the international financial and commodity markets. It has become the greatest source of uncertainty and risk for the recovery of the global economy,” the paper said.
The document was released on the same day as an escalation in the trade dispute between the world’s two largest economies. The Trump administration levied tariffs on an additional $200 billion of Chinese goods on Monday, while the government of Chinese President Xi Jinping retaliated by targeting roughly $60 billion worth of U.S. imports.