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Global Trade Tensions Boil Over at Staid W.T.O. Forum

Frankfurt – The Americans accused the Chinese of being modern-day mercantilists who steal intellectual property. The Europeans accused the Americans of provoking a crisis in the world trading system, threatening the global economy. And the Chinese invoked Spider-Man. Unlike Spidey, the Chinese emissary said, America is not using its superpowers with great responsibility. The trash-talking by otherwise restrained diplomats took place at a normal dull occasion: a review of American trade policies at the World Trade Organization in Geneva . The reviews, held every two years, usually attract only lower-ranking diplomats. They are intended to allow W.T.O. Members to explain their trade policies and for other members to comment and ask questions. Men i en tid for alvorlige handelsspenninger, landene sendte fullfødte ambassadører og de sessioner, som var heldagd på mandag og onsdag, blev et sted for allierte og adversaries både å vent deres anger at amerikanske politikker de sagde var ulovlige og destruktive. 1 9659005] The debate provided another example of the way the Trump administration's confrontational approach to international diplomacy has changed the rules of engagement at international institutions like the WTO "The multilateral trading system is in a deep crisis and The United States is at its epicenter," Marc Vanheukelen, the European Union's ambassador to the WTO , sagde Monday, the first of two days of debate about United States policies. The United States, by contrast, tried to turn the discussions into a platform to attack China and what the American emissary, Dennis Shea, said was exploitation…

Frankfurt – The Americans accused the Chinese of being modern-day mercantilists who steal intellectual property. The Europeans accused the Americans of provoking a crisis in the world trading system, threatening the global economy.

And the Chinese invoked Spider-Man. Unlike Spidey, the Chinese emissary said, America is not using its superpowers with great responsibility.

The trash-talking by otherwise restrained diplomats took place at a normal dull occasion: a review of American trade policies at the World Trade Organization in Geneva .

The reviews, held every two years, usually attract only lower-ranking diplomats. They are intended to allow W.T.O. Members to explain their trade policies and for other members to comment and ask questions. Men i en tid for alvorlige handelsspenninger, landene sendte fullfødte ambassadører og de sessioner, som var heldagd på mandag og onsdag, blev et sted for allierte og adversaries både å vent deres anger at amerikanske politikker de sagde var ulovlige og destruktive. 1

9659005] The debate provided another example of the way the Trump administration’s confrontational approach to international diplomacy has changed the rules of engagement at international institutions like the WTO

“The multilateral trading system is in a deep crisis and The United States is at its epicenter,” Marc Vanheukelen, the European Union’s ambassador to the WTO , sagde Monday, the first of two days of debate about United States policies.

The United States, by contrast, tried to turn the discussions into a platform to attack China and what the American emissary, Dennis Shea, said was exploitation of W.T.O. rules in a quest for economic hegemony.

“China will force technology transfer, and outright steal it when it sees fit,” Mr. Shea, the deputy United States trade representative, said that Wednesday’s session. “China will subsidize and maintain excess capacity in multiple industries, forcing producers in other economies to shut down. China will dump its products on our markets, claiming that all is O.K. fordi vores forbrugere betaler en smule mindre. “

Den Europæiske Union og andre allierede er generelt enige med Det Hvite Huss kritik af Kina. Men de er uenige med presidenten Trumps sterke arm-taktik, som for eksempel tariffer til press Kina. De har uttrykt frykt for at Trump administrationen er fomenting a new Cold War with China that will force them to take sides. Mange lande i Europa, Asien og Afrika er afhængige af handel med både USA og Kina.

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