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Specific Problems in the US-China Trade Relationship

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Intellectual property theft is a major Western grievance pertaining to trade with China. The specifics of this issue arise as a result of trade under differing institutional structures and are elaborated in this chapter. Because of institutional differences, intellectual property issues will continue to plague this trading relationship unless fundamental institutional changes are made. Because of China’s unique governmental structure, much trade and even academic collaboration with China fuels its military expansion and assertiveness, surveillance capacities, and domestic repression. This chapter’s critical role is to elaborate on the trade-related issues that are most critical for the United States and other Western countries to address and to link them to the institutional structures in both countries.

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    This is the case for patents and copyrights in the United States. The well-known case Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley and Sons, 568 U.S. 519 (2013), refers to cases in which copyrighted material was printed or produced abroad by the holder of copyright and then shipped internationally by customers.

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    Public Law 104–294, 110 Stat. 3488.

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    Chapter I, Article 7 of the National Intelligence Law of the People’s Republic, adopted at the 28th meeting of the Standing Committee of the 12th National People’s Congress on 27 June 2017.

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    Section 307 of the Tariff Act of 1930 (Public Law 71–361, Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act) codified at 19 U.S.C. 1307. This is a little-known positive aspect of the Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act, much of which is properly derided for exacerbating the Great Depression.

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    Public Law 116–92.

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Gmeiner, R. (2021). Specific Problems in the US-China Trade Relationship. In: How Trade with China Threatens Western Institutions. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-74709-1_4

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