Curtis Ellis on Trump’s Tariffs: ‘We Will Be an Agricultural Colony for China’ if Trade Status Quo Remains

Breitbart | 3/22/2018 | Staff
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“If we keep going the way we’re going, we will be an agricultural colony for China,” said Curtis Ellis, praising President Trump’s tariff crackdown on China’s trade abuses, during a Wednesday interview on SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Tonight with co-hosts Rebecca Mansour and Joel Pollak.

Ellis, the senior policy advisor for America First Policies, said the Chinese state extorts American businesses by demanding access to intellectual property in exchange for entry into the Chinese market. American businesses, he added, were largely silent about the extortion due to fear of being shut out of the Chinese market.

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“The president is scheduled to announce $50 billion in tariffs against China as part of a year-long investigation that’s been conducted by the U.S. trade representative and the Commerce Department into Chinese deliberate theft of intellectual property [and] theft of our trade secrets,” said Ellis. “They have policies in place where basically they steal what they don’t extort from us. They tell American companies, ‘If you want to do business in China’ — they hold out a carrot of this huge market of potential Chinese consumers — they say, ‘Well, you have to bring in a Chinese partner, and then you have to give us your blueprints, trade secrets, and technology if you want to do business over here.’”

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“That which our businesses don’t hand over to them, they find a way to steal through cyber-espionage and other means,” Ellis continued. “This is well-documented, [and] it’s been ongoing. What’s changed, now, is that we have a president who’s willing to call them out on it. Up until now, even the businesses who are being robbed blind were reluctant to speak out against it and speak out about it and actually were lobbying against our government taking any action because they were hypnotized by this dream of a huge...
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