- Reaction score
Looks like a role for an Army Multi-Domain Task Force (plus)
Great point FJAG.
Liz Truss is the Brit responsible for organizing British trade deals post-Brexit. She has a presentation to make to the WTO after the recent releases of the Global Britain reviews.
On Tuesday night Whitehall sources said Ms Truss was concerned that the WTO has been “too soft on China for too long” and thinks it’s ludicrous that China is still classed as a “developing nation” by the WTO.
“Pernicious practices by non-market economies like China have given trade a bad name, from forced labour and forced technology transfer to mass unreported subsidies and environmental degradation.”
China has repeatedly faced criticism over its industrial policy and the flooding of global markets with cheap Chinese goods such as steel; alleged mass intellectual property theft; and reported human rights abuses, including against the Uyghur minority in Xinjiang.
There has been some concern expressed that Britain has been too soft on China itself - much like Canada - pursuing cheap goods and a big market.
But the issue is that:
a) China is too big to fight
b) China is too big to ignore
But it also seems to me that China (and Russia for that matter) doesn't really want to fight. They want to "win". By other means.
And it is those other means, in multiple domains, that need to be addressed.
Truss is addressing, in my opinion, the principal domain - the economic one. Everything else follows from that.
But it is only one domain. And all the other domains need to be managed so we don't have another accident like Sarajevo 1914 or Pearl Harbor 1941.
Managing Multi-Domain Competition so that it doesn't accidentally become Multi-Domain Conflict.
Age old question:
When to offer the carrot? When to use the stick?
What is tolerable?
International Trade Secretary calls for World Trade Organisation to stand up to China's 'pernicious' practices and use of forced labour