US Democratic candidates warn against closer trade relations with China

22 February 2016 / Both US Presidential hopefuls campaigning for the Democratic nomination are warning against closer trade relations with China.

On his campaign website, Bernie Sanders states his firm belief that “current trade relations with China are detrimental to job growth” in the US and highlights that “a growing trade deficit with China has led to the loss of over 2 million US manufacturing jobs since 2001”.

In this recent article, Hillary Clinton explains that she is opposed to granting market economy status to China because “if they get market economy status, it would defang our anti-dumping laws and let cheap products flood into our markets. (…) China is far from a market economy. If China wants to be treated like a market economy, it needs to act like one.”