From the Associated Press via the Boston Globe (link)
Fears about a soaring trade deficit with China shouldn’t be used to justify U.S. tariffs or other “irrational” restrictions on trade with the rapidly growing country, Yale’s president said Wednesday, two days before Chinese President Hu Jintao was to visit the Ivy League campus.
Richard Levin, who has fostered a tight-knit relationship between Yale and China, said Western investment and free trade will encourage China to improve its human rights record and allow more freedoms.
“China’s very rapid emergence as an economic force has engendered a certain amount of irrational response in the United States,” Levin, an economist, said in an interview.
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