issues2000

Donald Trump on China


Lack of human rights will prevent consumer development

Why am I concerned with political rights? Iím a good businessman and I can be amazingly unsentimental when I need to be. I also recognize that when it comes down to it, we canít do much to change a nationís internal policies. But Iím unwilling to shrug off the mistreatment of Chinaís citizens by their own government. My reason is simple: These oppressive policies make it clear that Chinaís current government has contempt for our way of life.

We want to trade with China because of the size of its consumer market. But if the regime continues to repress individual freedoms, how many consumers will there really be? Isnít it inconsistent to compromise our principles by negotiating trade with a country that may not want and cannot afford our goods?

We have to make it absolutely clear that weíre willing to trade with China, but not to trade away our principles, and that under no circumstances will we keep our markets open to countries that steal from us.

Source: The America We Deserve, by Donald Trump, p.119 & 123 Jul 2, 2000

Be tougher on China-weíre too eager to please

Our biggest long-term challenge will be China. The Chinese people still have few political rights to speak of. Chinese government leaders, though they concede little, desperately want us to invest in their country. Though we have the upper hand, weíre way to eager to please. We see them as a potential market and we curry favor with them at the expense of our national interests. Our China policy under Presidents Clinton and Bush has been aimed at changing the Chinese regime by incentives both economic and political. The intention has been good, but itís clear that the Chinese have been getting far too easy a ride.

Despite the opportunity, I think we need to take a much harder look at China. There are major problems that too many at the highest reaches of business want to overlook, [primarily] the human-rights situation.

Source: The America We Deserve, by Donald Trump, p.117-18 Jul 2, 2000

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