People’s Daily Zhong Sheng: “Who changes its commitments all the time?”

May 16, 2019 08:05

Recently, during the 11th round of High-level China-U.S. Economic and Trade consultation, the U.S. announced that the $200 billion of Chinese goods imported into the U.S. would incur tariff increases– from 10 percent to 25 percent. The US also labeled China “fell backwards and betray”, claiming that “China’s commitment has been eroded ” and accusing China of “changing its commitments all the time.” And “weakening the U.S. claims.” This is a complete disregard for the facts.

 China has been promoting consultations with the sincerity with the U.S. for more than a year, hoping to reach a mutually beneficial and win-win agreement on the basis of treating each other as equals and respecting each other. Even in the face of U.S. threats to impose tariffs to China`, the Chinese team proceeded from the overall situation and went to the U.S. to hold the 11th round of high-level China-U.S. economic and trade consultations, demonstrating the greatest sincerity of China in promoting negotiations.

The consultation between U.S. and China is a process of exchanging opinions and reaching consensus. it is normal for the two sides to have different views, and it is normal to have repeat discussions on some issues.  China will not make concessions on major issues without good and strong reasons, and its main concerns must be resolved. The U.S.  in its consultation also changed very often and without good reason, is it “full of changes its commitments all the time also”? In fact, the U.S. is always right and China is wrong.

What we say that what we do, this is China. In the 40 years since the reform and opening up, China has opened its doors and built a successful nation, shared the results to the world, and made significant contributions to world economic development. Since China joined  the world Trade Organization, China has fully fulfilled its commitments, firmly supported the multilateral system, significantly reduced import tariffs, reduced non-tariff barriers, firmly opposed unilateralism and protectionism, and fully demonstrated to the world the trustworthiness of a responsible developing country. As early as 2010, China’s tax reduction commitments were fully fulfilled, and the overall tariff drop from 15.3 per cent to 9.8 per cent in 2001. In the area of trade in services, China’s commitments have been fully fulfilled by 2007 and are now close to the level of developed countries. Even the annual reports released by the U.S. Trade Representative’s office have been a positive assessment of since China joined the WTO– China has fulfilled its commitments.

For the United States in the past two years, as the main founder and participant of the international economic and multilateral system after the World War Two, it should have taken the lead in complying with multilateral rules. Yet, its untrustworthy image was widely criticized by the international community: when an agreement, treaty, organization is in the interests of the U.S, it is accepted– otherwise it is walked away from.

Exiting the Paris Agreement, withdrawing from UNESCO, withdrawing from the comprehensive agreement on the Iranian nuclear issue, withdrawing from the UN Human Rights Council… Under the “results-oriented” “American Priority” policy, the United States has been withdrawing from international organizations and multilateral agreements to avoid assuming its responsibilities and obligations. The United States has let the world see what its real face.

 As early as 2001, the United States announced its withdrawal from “the Kyoto Protocol”, which has been greatly reduced in its effectiveness. According to the Study of the World Trade Organization Dispute Ruling, the United States is by far the largest “unruly” member of the WTO, and two-thirds of the WTO’s violations are caused by the United States. In these two years, the United States believes that the whole world is taking advantage of it, and that turned “America First” into “America’s Only”. Such overbearing practices, which only enjoy benefits and do not bear responsibility, can only be obtained for the opposition of the world.

China-U.S. economic and trade consultations have been difficult and perplexing to follow for more than a year. On May 29 last year, the US reversed a “joint statement” issued by the two sides not to fight a trade war, announcing tariffs on $50 billon of goods exported to China. On May 5 this year, the U.S. resumed the threat of tariffs, causing a major setback in economic and trade negotiations.

The U.S. has turned its back on trade protectionism, abused tax methods, imposed extreme pressure and blackmail, seriously undermined the international trade order, hurt the interests of partners, and would also hurt its own enterprises and national interests. America’s willful actions has added to uncertainty about future global economic growth and disappointed the international community. It is inevitable that there will be differences in international economic and trade exchanges, and cooperation is the only choice. No country can lead the world alone.  The U.S. should do more things that benefit  world peace and development. And should NOT play tricks to win its self-interests!

People’s Daily (May 16, 2019 04)

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