Tuesday, September 07, 2004

Maybe we should be harder on China instead of our own tech industry?

WaPo is running a good article about piracy in China: Pirated Goods Swamp China.

The disconnect between the official word from the capital and the actuality of the street highlights the entrenched nature of one of the most nettlesome trade conflicts between Washington and Beijing. Though China is in the midst of one of a series of periodic crackdowns, experts said the continued blatant sales illustrate that the government is more interested in managing the politics of the problem than curbing the reality.
In recent months, the Bush administration, facing pressure to address the United States' $124 billion trade deficit with China, has accused Beijing of unfair business practices.
But intellectual property experts said the recent activities have been more political theater than a genuine shift in market activity in an effort to give the Bush administration something it can use to declare progress in an election year.

While we are back here trying to pass the Induce Act (IICA), China is actually costing our copyright industries hundreds of billions of dollars in losses (and we are running a similarly huge trade deficit with them). Maybe our priorities are a bit screwed up? Instead of trying to squeeze US consumers and grant content makers a veto over new technologies capable of copying, thus stifling US tech innovation, why don't we try to actually do something about the situation in China?

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Blogger jason said...

i agree chris, priorities are definitely not in order here.
but the american people are an easier market to control, politically speaking, than china and the potential loss of u.s. corporate contracts if we were ever to threaten economic sanctions for their failure to crackdown on copyright infringement. keep in mind that the majority of the trade deficit are from sales by u.s. owned/partially owned companies and manufacturers located in china. until we have a leader who has the balls to stand up and take the neccessary action and get China's ass back in line (exchange rate practices, human rights violations, copyright infringements) this is a problem that will continue. China is extemely dependent upon U.S. investment but there are also many more countries waiting to move in if U.S. businesses balk. I think we need to severely curtail our current trade status with China until some of these issues are taken seriously by the Chinese gov...but i am no economist.
which i like.

9/15/2004 12:02 AM  
Blogger CRC said...

I agree with much of what you said Jason. I think we need to take a stand on these economic disparities. On the other hand, we have to do it when we have leverage. At the moment the best idea may be to allow a much infiltration of US business into China as possible because that should force some economic and political change by itself - and other countries will be happy to take our place there if we let them.

9/16/2004 5:36 PM  

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