Asians Say Trade Complaints Bring Out the Bully in China – Ariana Eunjung Cha

As recalls of toys and other products made in China continue, the Washington Post reports that China’s attitude toward exporting tainted goods to less powerful countries is very different than that shown toward the U.S.:

In dealing with complaints from the United States, China has sought to convince a concerned American public that it has reformed and is doing all it can to ensure the safety of its products. But its dealings with other, less-developed countries or those in vulnerable political positions are a different story, according to Husniah and officials in the Philippines and Malaysia.

Indonesian officials accuse China of pushing shoddy products and inferior standards on poor countries that have no choice but to depend on it for cheap goods, aid and investment. They say that China, in closed-door meetings, has refused to share basic information, attempted to horse-trade by insisting on discussing disparate issues as part of a single negotiation and all but threatened retaliatory trade actions. The Chinese respond that their products have been the victim of unfair trade actions. [Full text]

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