Accuracy in Media

New York Times economic policy reporter Alan Rappeport wrote a lengthy article bashing the Trump administration for standing up to unfair Chinese trade practices and praising China’s Communist Party.

The article offered no data examining the intellectual property theft, currency manipulation and vast tariffs China has had in place against the United States for decades.

“Despite suggesting that their interests are aligned, it has been difficult for the United States to push China to make changes without coming across as bullying or insensitive,” Rappeport wrote.

Without looking at the history of China’s grossly unfair practices against the United States — including flouting WTO standards — Rappeport presents the Trump administration’s demands as a type of one-sided, neo-colonial hegemony. Rappeport blames the British empire from 150 years ago in part for why the Chinese government is reluctant today to adhere to fair and fair market standards.

“But China is resisting the Trump administration’s demand that the United States be allowed to impose tariffs if Beijing fails to keep its promises and that China agree not to retaliate with its own punitive measures,” Rappeport writes. “The Trump administration says such a mechanism is necessary to ensure that China lives up to its agreement and does not repeat what it says is a pattern of reneging on past promises.

But such disarmament has proved to be unpalatable in China, in part, historians say, because of stinging memories of one-sided treaties from an earlier era … Rather than show respect for the superiority of Chinese culture, China was forced to adhere to the traditions of Western diplomacy. The influx of foreign culture reoriented China’s economy, eventually leading to the dynasty’s downfall in 1912.”

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