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US: “since 2016, the peril of Chinese steel has become a campaign posture”

By triji Apr 19, 2024

On Wednesday, April 17, Vice President Joe Biden launched an attack against Chinese dumping on steel and, in passing, a new charm offensive aimed at a working class that was won over by Donald Trump’s address. Both of these developments occurred simultaneously.

An economic journalist at “Le Monde” named Jean-Michel Bezat makes the observation that the “war of steel” that Washington is waging against Beijing is nothing in comparison to the chips that Washington is sending to Beijing.

This is Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In order to start an attack on Chinese steel dumping on Wednesday, April 17, the President of the United States had picked the center of this “Rust Belt,” which had been devastated by deindustrialization after having made the national industry great until the 1970s.

The speech that Donald Trump gave on Tuesday, November 5, in a state that is considered to be a swing state for the presidential election was the catalyst for a fresh charm offensive directed toward the working class.

Joe Biden made the announcement from the headquarters of the steel workers’ union that he would like to increase the current VAT rate of 7.5% on this metal (and aluminum) that is imported from China to three times its current rate.

The nation, which is responsible for almost half of the world’s production, floods the markets with its massive surpluses, offering fundamental products for costs that are half of what American steelmakers charge, or with manufactured goods (cars, wind turbines, and so on) that are constructed from steel. In spite of the fact that it has a relatively small carbon footprint, the White House maintains.

During his appearance on X, Vice President Joe Biden reaffirmed his aim to include labor unions in the defense of the “made in America” movement by stating, “I want competition with China, not conflict.” It is also a part of this policy that it is opposed to the sale of US Steel to Nippon Steel, which is a Japanese corporation that has been “an emblematic company for more than a century” and “must remain completely American.” Following in the footsteps of President Trump, he stated that he was prepared to obstruct the operation that is currently being investigated by the federal panel on foreign investments.

The pressure is constant and all-encompassing.

A campaign posture that has been in place since 2016 is the threat posed by Chinese steel. In the speech that the candidate for president gave about Japan and China, there was not a single instance of cynicism or even a healthy amount of opportunism.

The archipelago is an unflinching ally of the United States, despite the fact that Nippon Steel is unquestionably Japanese national. According to the data provided by the Census Bureau, also known as the “American INSEE,” the Chinese menace does not exist. The United States imports a very small amount of steel from China, which accounts for only 3% of its total purchases. The American Iron and Steel Institute estimates that the percentage of steel imported from China is even lower, at 2.1%.

However, the United States government has made the decision to apply persistent and intense pressure to China. When compared to the “war of chips,” the “war of steel” is very insignificant. Washington is using every effort, in the name of national security, to prevent Beijing from obtaining semiconductors of the most recent generation. This includes exerting pressure on its own friends in order to accomplish this goal.

In a conversation with his Chinese counterpart, Mr. Biden reinforced this, accusing him of wanting to use them “for the wrong reasons.” This is something that Xi Jinping believes is for the best: to become the most powerful nation in terms of economics, technology, and military in the year 2050. A nightmare for Americans, what a Chinese dream is.—Beber-T%C3%A9-para-la-hipertensi%C3%B3/10642325–6154847

By triji

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