China_Uses_Rules_on_Global_Trade_to_Its_Advantage

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China Uses Rules on Global Trade to Its Advantage By KEITH BRADSHER Published: March 14, 2010 HONG KONG — With China ’s exports soaring, even as other major economies struggle to recover from the recession , evidence is mounting that Beijing is skillfully using inconsistencies in international trade rules to spur its own economy at the expense of others, including the United States. Seeking to maintain its export dominance, China is engaged in a two-pronged effort: fighting protectionism among its trade partners and holding down the value of its currency. China vigorously defends its economic policies. On Sunday, Premier Wen Jiabao criticized international pressure on China to let the currency appreciate, calling it “finger pointing.” He said that the renminbi , China’s currency, would be kept “basically stable.” To maximize its advantage, Beijing is exploiting a fundamental difference between two major international bodies: the World Trade Organization , which wields strict, enforceable penalties for countries that impede trade, and the International Monetary Fund , which acts as a kind of watchdog for global economic policy but has no power over countries like China that do not borrow money from it. China had a $198 billion trade surplus with the rest of the world last year, with its exports to the United States outpacing imports by more than four to one. Despite that, in the last 12 months, Beijing has filed more cases with the W.T.O.’s powerful trade tribunals in Geneva than any other country complaining about another’s trade practices. In addition, Beijing has worked to suppress a series of I.M.F. reports since 2007 documenting how the country has substantially undervalued its currency, the renminbi, said three people with detailed knowledge of China’s actions. China buys dollars and other foreign currencies — worth several hundred billion dollars a year
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This note was uploaded on 05/07/2011 for the course BUS 1302 taught by Professor Falcon during the Spring '11 term at University of Texas at Dallas, Richardson.

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