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Grenell: European Officials Say It Was Mistake to Let China in WTO

By    |   Friday, 23 August 2019 02:43 PM

U.S. Ambassador to Germany Rick Grenell said Friday he hears often from European officials and others overseas that it was a mistake to allow China to become part of the World Trade Organization, because "they haven't played by the rules."

"(The idea of) letting them in was that they would play by the rules," Grenell told Fox News' "America's Newsroom." "The engagement would lead to following the rule of law (and) capitalism and we haven't seen that. It's been a mistake, so thank God we have a president who's got the courage to stand up and fix this problem."

In Germany and other countries in Europe, there are many who complain that Chinese theft of intellectual property is rampant, and that there is no rule of law, Grenell added. 

"If they have a dispute with the Chinese government, decisions are made, and that's that," said Grenell. "There's no appeals process. A lot of people are frustrated and they know this is a problem."

Companies do want to business in China, but once they are there they realize there are massive problems They realize that the research and development they do come in the money that they spend is immediately stolen and that is not a fruitful market for them and they pull back."

Trump is heading to France this weekend for the G7 meeting, and Grenell said he believes the president will want to hear that there has been some progress in defense spending.

"Between Europe and Canada, we have increased defense spending by $100 billion because of the direct pressure from the president," said Grenell. "In previous administrations, we have asked Europe and others to increase their defense spending but it's largely gone unanswered."

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U.S. Ambassador to Germany Rick Grenell said Friday he hears often from European officials and others overseas that it was a mistake to allow China to become part of the World Trade Organization, because "they haven't played by the rules."
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