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(B) technology transfers:
No one can escape the observation that the US demands have been made up along the way of the flippant, tweety, twittish, road. First currency manipulation; facts say otherwise. Next, trade deficit, now demolished. Oh, by-the-way, technology transfer also comes to mind... What's to be next then? Banning chopsticks? If so, what about US agricultural products? Are they genetically-modified and engorged with banned pesticide that will kill and pollute generations later, and are they over-priced now that there are fresh orders but to be satisfied only from non-fresh stocks?
The US invests in China because it sees a huge and growing market besides cheap labor to cream more bottom-line profits for its multinationals so that their shareholders can carve bigger quarterly earnings from upticks in share and stock prices that will create enormous pools of cash reserves which can be used for research to be patented for royalties that the rest of the emerging countries can't afford. They want to maintain the American way of life and live the American dream even if they think they can control and suppress the ways of life and dreams of other countries.
Therefore, does the US Congress and citizens who can advance their American dream have any right to castigate the right of other countries to articulate and develop their own dreams? If yes, isn't that tantamount to punitive control over other countries thereby posing a national security threat by the US onto the self-determination of the futures of other countries by a means that negates the very independence and freedom inherent in any conception of human, for that matter, sovereign, right?
As a punitive control tooling example, the intellectual property regime was one invented by the west. As was noted, there are at least twenty seven ways to describe a chair in such a regime so that more registered means stronger crimping of innovation by others who would have likewise invented similars but for a number of facts, one of which being their ancestors were busy warding off invaders and dying by entire family lines.
The end result is an intellectual capital disparity between the have's of the so-called advanced western nations which form an elite today, notably the gang of five, and the many more other emerging nations only guilty for trying to inspire their citizens to greater heights of personal achievement through providing foreigners iincremental and phasal access to their growing markets in exchange for sharing and re-tuning of new technologies for local markets while already paying excessively high royalties for middling window-dressed values. Besides these, enforcement is difficult in any country. Take trade secrets. How can any court determine they have been transgressed unless there are written and detailed records to support allegations?
Those who have studied the China IP protection machinery have concluded it is on par with those in Europe and statistically case-wise, more western than local interests have been awarded remedies. Therefore the one thing the trumpistas have been unwise about is to disrupt the ongoing process of ensuring district-level adherence where enthusiasm for foreign investments has been naturally inordinate so that jumping the gun on IP redress when it is already being addressed may end up creating reactive resistance which would make the process of roll-outs harder to come by, consequently pushing the objective further off.
As for cybersecurity, let all not be naive the multi-billion dollar NSA arm of the Pentagon and the US drone squadrons were just to shock and awe camel traders. Just as the Bloomberg article was quietly withdrawn leaving behind a permanent residue of fake American journalism telling an outright lie in order to stoke anger against China by its readers, the US must also answer to the world let alone the citizens of Germany and its allies in NATO how was it an American listening device was found in Merkel's handphone. Indeed it is a significant sign of hypocrisy that Merkel could only whimper for a second and promptly buried the exposure thereafter. It seems Deutschland über alles has been replaced with Amerikanen über alles.
(C) ideological differences
The present pet peeve of westerners is to criticize as almost an existential threat to them the centralization of authority in Beijing. But what was the purpose all along for it save to federate local authority so as to roll-out the very reforms needed to redress and blunt the real external threat - an imposition by the US using the same economic and monetary tactics on Japan that it now proposes to use on China while taking the military race pointers that had also resulted in the diminution of the USSR. In short, the US is attempting to do to China what it has done to Japan and the USSR.
Yet for forty years and more, US business and industrial interests have been making increasingly long beelines to China and profited handsomely from cooperative ventures with their China partners while investing large sums that had indirectly shored their own share prices back in Wall Street. Their executives who have lived in China must have realized the nation is older, more sublime and deeper in long-term celestial horizoning than anything that could be mustered back home. Which would explain China's miraculous economic and industrial transformation in historically unsurpassed record time despite her size, diversity and multitudinous complexities.
And yet today, they have chosen to forget how it was all held together and made possible by China's central government, a product of the scientific approach to meritocracy and nation-building. The tragedy of the US is that its power-players prefer the bureaucracy of a swamp of their own creation to the metallic focus on global efficiency and universal prosperity that have been the hallmarks of a China revived.
America's descent into its own pandemic dilemma of getting feel-good shots only from gyrations of its share markets is of its own making. China has reiterated time and again that there is no Thucidydes Trap involved. Despite the patently warped racism and monochromatic profligacy of Pillsbury, Navarro and others, China has only sought to solve her own legacy challenges in order to feed, house and deploy its own millions of workers and farmers and middle-class service providers. China does not ring the US with a battery of military bases nor drop sonars to eavesdrop on China's submarines closer her own shores. China only flies its probe to the far side of the moon with her own advanced lunar telecommunications as one of many firsts. Not bad, anyone would say, for a nation that only less than half a century ago, had rural doctors trudging mud to provide treatment to remote places.
Therefore, instead of seeing China as a threat, the US should applaud and tip its hat on China's responsible approach for her progress that has enabled her to also bank prosperity for other economies and development for long-neglected places around the world. In fact, if the US is sincere, it should also offer to help China help others and by doing so redeem itself as a country not sold on naked power-mongering,
That shouldn't be too difficult. Both China and the US have common ideological roots in being sensible farmers.
Not property developers.