It’s up to Trump to break the standstill in US-China trade war, says advisor to Beijing

cnbc | September 03, 2019

It’s up to U.S. President Donald Trump to end the stalemate in the trade war and reach a deal with China, said Wang Huiyao, an advisor to the Beijing government. China has already taken “all efforts” — including passing a new foreign investment law in March — to address some concerns that the foreign business community complained about, said Wang, the founder and president of Beijing-based think tank, Center for China and Globalization. The new law prohibits forced transfer of technology from foreign-invested businesses in China and steps up protection of intellectual property, Wang told CNBC’s “Squawk Box” on Tuesday. He said that it also gives overseas companies equal footing with domestic players — which addresses “exactly the concerns of the U.S. administration.”

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An economic development strategy provides a community with a clear understanding of their current economic situation, identifies potential opportunities as well as challenges for economic growth, and defines the efforts required to achieve specific goals. A strategy is typically established for a ten to twenty year horizon and addresses the multiple facets of economic development at the local level including organizational structure, resource development and allocation (provision of basic public services, supply of qualified labor, capacity and accessibility of reliable utilities, availability of land and buildings, capital resources, favorable tax and regulatory policy, etc.), and the growth of specific target industries that will produce jobs and new wealth for the community. An important part of the strategy is to promote a broad range of economic initiatives that not only help strengthen existing businesses, but also help to diversify the employment base through the start-up of new companies and the attraction of businesses to the area. Since the employment levels of any given company never stay constant, it is important to continually support expansion of the local economy with new opportunities. This approach helps insure jobs for the next generation seeking employment in the community.

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