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Gordon Chang: NKorea Sanctions Vote Killed US Trade Response to China

By    |   Monday, 07 August 2017 08:02 PM

America's need for China to back tougher sanctions against North Korea ended up killing the U.S. effort to strike back at China over intellectual property violations, Asia expert Gordon Chang tells Newsmax TV.

The Trump administration had been looking at enforcing Section 301 of the 1974 Trade Act, but needed China to support a U.N. Security Council resolution against China's ally, North Korea. The effort appears to have worked, with the sanctions passing the Security Council on Saturday 15-0.

Now, the effort to punish China for its "predatory, intellectual property rules" is "probably dead for a long time," Chang told "Newsmax Now" host Bill Tucker on Monday.

"It affects so many U.S. companies," Chang said. "It goes to the heart of U.S. economic strength and we really need to do this."

The United States refuses to get firm, he added, because we are "sort of afraid of China."

America has always wanted to integrate China into the international system so it has placed a much higher priority on that than disarming North Korea, he said.

President Donald Trump doesn't want to cave in to China, but, like previous administrations, still does at critical times, Chang said.

"Across the board we have deferred acting on trade, which is I think so important to American workers," he said. "The president was elected to help American workers, help American businesses. … Right now American workers have been used as bargaining chips, they've been traded away, and the president has got to do something because after 200 days, and today is the 200th day of his presidency, there's been very little done on Chinese predatory trade practices."

As for North Korea's threats of "thousands-fold" retribution against the United States for the increased sanctions, Chang said the bigger threat is Pyongyang's ability within a year to hit virtually the entire U.S. mainland with a nuclear-tipped missile.

"It may not be a great weapon, it might have a guidance system which means they're a couple miles off, but nonetheless it doesn't really matter when you aim a weapon toward a city like New York," he said. "So clearly this is a time frame for us. If we don't think we can deter the North Koreans, and that's a very important issue, but if we don't think that we can deter the North Koreans, we're going to use force."

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