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Navarro: Don't Get 'Hung Up' in Daily News out of China

By    |   Thursday, 13 December 2018 11:11 AM

White House National Trade Council Director Peter Navarro Thursday urged people not to get "hung up" in the day-to-day news of what China says it plans to do, following reports the country is preparing a new policy that will promise greater access for foreign countries.

"I would focus on March 1, when we'll have a complete offer from China that will be negotiated behind closed doors, not on the front page of The Wall Street Journal," Navarro told Fox Business' "Mornings with Maria" host Maria Bartiromo.

The Wall Street Journal reported that China is ready to replace the Made in China 2025 program, which outlines President Xi Jinping's plan to make the country a leader in robotics, clean-energy cars, information, and other high tech industries.

The new plan would both tone down China's goal of dominating manufacturing while leaving the country open to other nations' trade.

Navarro said the "real action" is taking place behind closed doors, as it should with "tough negotiators" such as U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer.

Announcements such as policy changes should be done in the negotiating room, continued Navarro, rather than as a campaign by China to "make everything look good."

"From our point of view, what we must do is hold fast, stay tight, and focus on the prize," said Navarro. "The prize for this country and for the world and for China really is complete structural reform to put an end to all these practices which are disrupting the global economy."

Meanwhile, China does pose a security theat to the United States, Navarro said, pointing to a recent data breach with the Mariott hotel chain. 

"We're going to be tough and smart about this," said Navarro. "It's trust but verify. The problem in a cyber world, though, with cyber intrusions is that it's very hard to verify and this attack."

If it turns out that China attacked Mariott in a recent data break, that would be a "classic" tactic, said Navarro.

"What they like to do is do a phishing attack, get into your servers and then they sit there, not for days, not for months, but often for years," he said. "They watch the flow of data. They get information from that."

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White House National Trade Council Director Peter Navarro Thursday urged people not to get "hung up" in the day-to-day news of what China says it plans to do, following reports the country is preparing a new policy that will promise greater access for foreign countries.
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