Chapter 52 - Quotes on Trade With China

Ron Wyden 2012

"If China is helping its domestic industries charge an artificially low price for solar panels and other environmental goods, then China is violating international trade rules that it agreed to when it became a member of the World Trade Organization." [526]

Donald Trump

"But I believe in fair trade, and I will tell you, I have many, many friends heading up corporations, and people that do just business in China, they say it's virtually impossible. It's very, very hard to come into China. And yet, we welcome them with open arms."

Lena Weinstein 2008

"'Western powers' real concern is that African states will opt for Chinese deals to free themselves from the punitive conditions of IMF-World Bank loans and other forms of financial dependence on Europe and the United States."

anon 2012

"I don't think this has anything to do with Israel's fear of being attacked (Iran would be pulverized) nor Iran developing nuclear weapons (the Israelis and the U.S. know exactly what Iran is doing), but it has everything to do with Iran selling oil to China and not using the U.S. dollar for the trade."

Ai Weiwei 2010

"Police in China can do whatever they want; after 81 days in arbitrary detention you clearly realise that they don't have to obey their own laws. In a society like this there is no negotiation, no discussion, except to tell you that power can crush you any time they want - not only you, your whole family and all people like you." [525]

Smedley Butler 1933

"I helped purify Nicaragua for the international banking house of Brown Brothers in 1909-1912. I brought light to the Dominican Republic for American sugar interests in 1916. In China I helped to see to it that Standard Oil went its way unmolested." [520]

Deng Xiaoping 2005

"When our thousands of Chinese students abroad return home, you will see how China will transform itself." [521]

Virginia Foxx

"China's idea of fair trade is government subsidies of its textile and apparel exports to the United States, currency manipulation, and forgiveness of loans by its government banks." [522]

Elizabeth Dole

"I am a firm believer in free but fair trade. However the United States should not be on the losing end of trade agreements that are not enforced. It is time that we make China play fairly." [523]


"For far too long, certainly during the course of the Bush administration with the support of Sen. McCain, the attitude has been that any trade agreement is a good trade agreement. And NAFTA did not have enforceable labor agreements and environmental agreements.

And what I said was we should include those and make them enforceable. In the same way that we should enforce rules against China manipulating its currency to make our exports more expensive and their exports to us cheaper." [524]

Donald Trump

"It's not like I'm anti-China. I just think it's ridiculous that we allow them to do what they're doing to this country, with the manipulation of the currency, that you write about and understand, and all of the other things that they do." [526]

[520] An excerpt from a speech delivered in 1933, by Major General Smedley Butler, USMC.

[521] As quoted in Forbes, Vol. 176, Editions 7-13 (2005), P79 as listed in Wikiquote Retrieved 2016-04-11




[525] and retrieved 2016-04-11


[527] and Retrieved 2016-04-11