Inside the Ring: Future China Trade Deal Uncertain

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The Trump administration is holding fast in its confrontation with China over Beijing’s illicit trade practices and other nefarious activities.

A U.S. official tells Inside the Ring that Chinese Communist Party officials in May backed away the 150-page draft agreement that was developed over several months.

Senior Chinese officials realized the agreement would be an admission by Beijing that it was guilty of massive cyber and intellectual property theft, forced technology transfer, currency manipulation and complicity in shipping the deadly opioid fentanyl into the United States. Additionally, U.S. monitoring of Chinese compliance with such an agreement would require large-scale intelligence resources from spy agencies already taxed with monitoring global hot spots and other threats.


Read the entire article at the Washington Times.

Bill Gertz is senior editor of the Washington Free Beacon. Prior to joining the Beacon he was a national security reporter, editor, and columnist for 27 years at the Washington Times. Bill is the author of seven books, four of which were national bestsellers. His most recent book was iWar: War and Peace in the Information Age, a look at information warfare in its many forms and the enemies that are waging it. Bill has an international reputation. Vyachaslav Trubnikov, head of the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service, once called him a “tool of the CIA” after he wrote an article exposing Russian intelligence operations in the Balkans. A senior CIA official once threatened to have a cruise missile fired at his desk after he wrote a column critical of the CIA’s analysis of China. And China’s communist government has criticized him for news reports exposing China’s weapons and missile sales to rogue states. The state-run Xinhua news agency in 2006 identified Bill as the No. 1 “anti-China expert” in the world. Bill insists he is very much pro-China—pro-Chinese people and opposed to the communist system. Former Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld once told him: “You are drilling holes in the Pentagon and sucking out information.” His Twitter handle is @BillGertz.

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