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Despite its denial, crafty America is waging an undeclared, discreet trade war against China, as shown by the following blatant and brutal actions taken to "cripple", "strangle" and eventually "slaughter" many Chinese companies.|
1. The US Commerce Department on May 21 slapped steep import duties on steel products from Vietnam that originated in China after a final finding they evaded US anti-dumping and anti-subsidy orders.
2. The US has launched a complaint against China for breaking basic patent rights rules at the WTO - a body that Mr Trump has said is a "catastrophe" and "a disaster" for his country.
3. US government agents meet with hundreds of Huawei’s customers in order to brief them on the dangers of doing business with Huawei. These “briefings” are widely seen as blatant intimidation and few companies in the wireless industry have maintained relations with Huawei after sitting through an uncomfortable meeting with U.S. G-men.
Recent developments include:
— AT&T and Verizon where both bullied into exiting distribution deals with Huawei after Huawei spent millions in logistics and marketing but only one day before distribution was to begin.
— CFIUS now disallows any U.S. acquisition by Huawei.
— The FCC now makes billions in US subsidies off-limits to any company that does business with Huawei.
— Independent electronics distributors such as Best Buy have bowed to pressure and now refuse to carry Huawei devices of any kind.
— Eastern Oregon Telecom and LHTC Broadband are being coerced to swap out already installed Huawei infrastructure.
— U.S. diplomats have been busy abroad killing Huawei deals in Jamaica, South Korea, Australia, the Balkans, well, everywhere that U.S. influence and an airport exists.
— Western Mainstream Media has been destroying Huawei’s reputation by airing reports that the FBI, the CIA, the NSA, the Department of Defense, and so on, are all issuing warnings that Huawei devices are spy-gear and a threat to national security.
So while there is monumental resistance against Huawei, there is no official ban.
4. The House of Representatives last week passed a US$717 defence bill that carried an amendment, which forbade US government agencies from buying surveillance products from Hangzhou Hikvision Digital Technology and two other Chinese firms – Hytera Communications Corporation and Zhejiang Dahua Technology Company.
Hikvision, based in the eastern Chinese city of Hangzhou, is the latest Chinese company that the US has sought to ban from selling products to the government because of security worries.
5. The US bans American firms from selling parts and software to China’s ZTE Corp for seven years, potentially devastating for the telecoms equipment maker and exacerbating tensions between the world’s two largest economies.
6. A potential bill to prohibit ZTE Corp. and other Chinese telecommunications companies from operating in the US would have supermajority support in Congress, Republican Senator Marco Rubio said.
"Most members of Congress have come to understand the threat China poses," Rubio said on CBS's "Face the Nation" on May 27 when asked whether President Donald Trump would sign such a measure.
It looks like Trump is "playing" the good guy, while other members of his administration are "playing" the bad guys. Due to all the red tape and bureaucracy, even if Trump is really sincere in lifting the ban against ZTE, it will take a long time, perhaps years and decades, for the ban to be lifted. By then, even if ZTE won't go bankrupt, there won't be anything left of the company.
Don't think that this is a simple undeclared trade war waged by the US to address itts trade deficit against China. Behind the US blatant and merciless actions against Chinese companies, there is a hidden long-term agenda to reduce China to a Third World country.