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house Bill H.R. 704

Should the U.S. Punish Illegal and Malicious Economic Actions by China?

Argument in favor

Anti-competitive and illegal behavior is part of the Chinese government’s strategy for helping state-owned enterprises and domestic companies gain dominance in key industries. This hurts American businesses and workers, so the U.S. government should retaliate by taking actions like imposing taxes on Chinese businesses equal to China’s intellectual property theft.

burrkitty's Opinion
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04/23/2019
Restrictions for China’s intellectual property thefts is good. Their corporate espionage is ridiculous. It’s true we did it ourselves in the past, but the scale is wildly different. There’s a big difference between taking 3 candies from the Halloween bucket and hacking the Hershey corporate offices.
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Cherie65's Opinion
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04/23/2019
Also, news just released a report China has been using our satellites for THEIR military and police. We DO NOT need China and their sneaky way of coming after us. So many other countries want to do major trade with us (ie, Poland).
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SneakyPete's Opinion
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04/23/2019
👍🏻👍🏻 H.R.704 AKA the “Fair Trade with China Enforcement Act” 👍🏻👍🏻 I support and recommend the passage of the House Bill H.R.704 AKA the “Fair Trade with China Enforcement Act” would take a number of actions to safeguard U.S. assets from Chinese influence and possession and blunt the impact of Chinese economic aggression in the form of intellectual property theft and malign investment. Among its provisions, the bill would impose taxes on certain economic activity involving China and restrict the use of certain Chinese corporations, namely Huawei and ZTE, as federal telecommunications contractors. Anti-competitive and illegal behavior is part of the Chinese government’s strategy for helping state-owned enterprises and domestic companies gain dominance in key industries. This hurts American businesses and workers, so the U.S. government should retaliate by taking actions like imposing taxes on Chinese businesses equal to China’s intellectual property theft. SneakyPete..... 👎🏻👎🏻CHINA👎🏻👎🏻. 4*23*19.....
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Argument opposed

The Chinese government’s playbook for encouraging domestic companies is the same one that was used by the U.S. at the beginning of the industrial revolution and South Korea during the “Asian Tigers” period of the late 20th century. It’s unfair to punish China for using practices that have been uncontroversial for other countries.

Kodiwodi's Opinion
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04/23/2019
To further restrict free trade and investment Is ludicrous. Caps on Chinese shareholders, restricting importation of Chinese goods and services and especially further targeting Huewei who has the technology and is the leader in 5G tech and equipment is not in the best interest of this country’s stated goals. It appears to be a doubling down of trade sanctions and tariffs just adding special attention to the telecommunications industry. I’m disappointed this Administration already embarking on trade wars which have doubled the trade deficit and at a time when the US importations are vastly growing not shrinking would not re-evaluate the course so far and refrain from making it worse. We are only hurting ourselves and alienating one of our largest trade partners. I do not support HR704.
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Jugbo's Opinion
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04/23/2019
We can't make China a scapegoat for all our economic woes. Yes, we should sit down with them and encourage them to play more fair. But manipulating the market by punitive short-sighted tarrifs aren't the only answer.
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Devan's Opinion
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04/23/2019
We need freer trade, not more tariffs and punishments. Lord willing if the Chinese ever get a decent standard of living, they will rise up and throw off their chains.
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    Restrictions for China’s intellectual property thefts is good. Their corporate espionage is ridiculous. It’s true we did it ourselves in the past, but the scale is wildly different. There’s a big difference between taking 3 candies from the Halloween bucket and hacking the Hershey corporate offices.
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    To further restrict free trade and investment Is ludicrous. Caps on Chinese shareholders, restricting importation of Chinese goods and services and especially further targeting Huewei who has the technology and is the leader in 5G tech and equipment is not in the best interest of this country’s stated goals. It appears to be a doubling down of trade sanctions and tariffs just adding special attention to the telecommunications industry. I’m disappointed this Administration already embarking on trade wars which have doubled the trade deficit and at a time when the US importations are vastly growing not shrinking would not re-evaluate the course so far and refrain from making it worse. We are only hurting ourselves and alienating one of our largest trade partners. I do not support HR704.
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    Also, news just released a report China has been using our satellites for THEIR military and police. We DO NOT need China and their sneaky way of coming after us. So many other countries want to do major trade with us (ie, Poland).
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    👍🏻👍🏻 H.R.704 AKA the “Fair Trade with China Enforcement Act” 👍🏻👍🏻 I support and recommend the passage of the House Bill H.R.704 AKA the “Fair Trade with China Enforcement Act” would take a number of actions to safeguard U.S. assets from Chinese influence and possession and blunt the impact of Chinese economic aggression in the form of intellectual property theft and malign investment. Among its provisions, the bill would impose taxes on certain economic activity involving China and restrict the use of certain Chinese corporations, namely Huawei and ZTE, as federal telecommunications contractors. Anti-competitive and illegal behavior is part of the Chinese government’s strategy for helping state-owned enterprises and domestic companies gain dominance in key industries. This hurts American businesses and workers, so the U.S. government should retaliate by taking actions like imposing taxes on Chinese businesses equal to China’s intellectual property theft. SneakyPete..... 👎🏻👎🏻CHINA👎🏻👎🏻. 4*23*19.....
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    We can't make China a scapegoat for all our economic woes. Yes, we should sit down with them and encourage them to play more fair. But manipulating the market by punitive short-sighted tarrifs aren't the only answer.
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    Maybe. What about punishing US corporations like Walmart for the sweat shops they created in China and all of the Chinese citizens that were killed or sickened for profits and greed?
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    I support and recommend passage of this bill as written. Strong actions must be taken against China not just tariffs; lobbying, owning US companies and property, undermining the US on college campuses (indoctrination) . These are just some ideas please share yours also on how to stop our greatest threat. #MAGA
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    America is practically owned by the Chinese. We need to do what we can to punish their illegal trade practices.
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    It’s us or them and them don’t like us and our way of life and our freedoms.
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    The US needs to punish the crimes of the Clinton Cartel first because America deserves real justice.
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    We need freer trade, not more tariffs and punishments. Lord willing if the Chinese ever get a decent standard of living, they will rise up and throw off their chains.
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    There is larger problem here; two different ideologies and economic agendas. China is a Communist State, and that’s giving Communism a bad name even. The US is Federal Republic that supports democracy and individuality. Furthermore, China is mercantilistic versus the US which is liberalistic; not be confused with Liberal politics for all of you Conservatives out there. Thus, economic sanctions, tariffs etc will only exacerbate hardships on both sides of the Pacific. We need to revitalize the American self-sufficiency and return buying American made products that support the American people, not cheap junk that supports oligarchy in China.
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    The ideal is that each country would work together for the common good of each country. If one country is playing hardball and taking wrongful advantage of the other then the other country must react for the best interest of their country. When negotiations are difficult there are choices that must be made. Either common ground is found that benefits both countries and that is amenable to each or the negotiations are such that a country may choose this is something to walk away from and discontinue business dealings. Bottom line: what is it worth to one country and in the end will it be beneficial.
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    The Chinese government’s playbook for encouraging domestic companies is the same one that was used by the U.S. early on and South Korea during the late 20th century. It’s unfair to punish China for using practices that have been uncontroversial for other countries. BESIDES TRUMP’S TARIFFS that the Senate us upholding by not curtailing his stupidity are part of the problem here.
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    China has been stealing corporate IP and hacking our systems for decades- it has saved China Trillions in R and D- espionage.
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    Of coarse there should be consequences!! The Chinese only respect power. They won’t stop unless you make them.
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    I stand behind this bill 100%. I’m tired of China taken advantage of Americans
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    Yes.
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    The R&D money spent by our Government and private industry is in the Trillions of dollars. Why should we give our IP away just to do business in their country. What ever happened to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act of 1977. This Act should be revised to protect any and all IP that a foreign government demands visibility to in order to produce our products. Let’s learn from our mistakes of the past. The communist Democrats don’t care so the GOP needs to be the adult supervision.
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    Yes
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