United States Senator Ben Sasse says America needs to end its trade war, with perhaps one exception.
Sasse says trade with China poses distinct problems the U.S. doesn’t face with other countries.
Sasse says he wants more trade with our neighbors, Mexico and Canada, as well as expanded trade with Europe.
“We’d also like more trade with China, but we need lots of conditions there, because China cheats,” Sasse tells Nebraska Radio Network.
Sasse accuses China primarily of stealing intellectual property from the U.S. as well as its Asian neighbors. He says too much focus is placed on the trade product deficit numbers with China, which he says aren’t really important. Sasse says the focus should be on the stealing of intellectual property by China. He says trade talks with China must be tough.
He adds China must be treated differently than other countries.
“China’s guilty of lots of bad stuff. We’re going to need to negotiate hard with China,” according to Sasse. “The problem is, we’re treating every other country as if they’re China, as if they’re all enemies and Mexico isn’t, Canada isn’t, Europe isn’t.”
The United States walked away from the Trans Pacific Partnership, a broad multi-national trade deal involving 11 Asia Pacific countries, which became embroiled in controversy during the 2016 presidential election. Sasse says the Trump Administration should become a leader in forging an even broader TPP. The senator says TPP would provide a counter-weight to China, providing the United States with leverage in trade talks with China.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:45]