Ron DeSantis aims to repeal China’s Permanent Normal Trade Relations (PNTR) status if elected President in 2024.
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Ron DeSantis Wants To Remove China’s Trade Status If Elected President
In an interview on Sunday, Florida Governor and Republican 2024 Presidential candidate Ron DeSantis vowed to remove China’s Permanent Normal Trade Relations ( PNTR) status if he becomes United States President in 2024.
The U.S. Senate voted 2000 to grant China the PNTR status when China prepared to join the World Trade Organisation (WTO). This title facilitated free trade between the United States and China, establishing bilateral economic ties between the two nations.
As the U.S.- China relations have been tense for years due to many controversial issues, including Taiwan, China’s state-led industrial policies, U.S. export bans on advanced technologies, human rights violations, the origins of the Covid-19 pandemic, trade tariffs, and, among others, the PNTR status has become a critical subject of disagreement and criticism amid multiple challenges and differences between the two countries.
With the increasing concerns about China’s growing influence, DeSantis labeled it as ‘the top geopolitical threat to the U.S..’ When questioned about U.S-China relations, he said, “I would aim to revoke China’s Permanent Normal Trade Relations status.”
The PNTR status is a legal designation in the U.S. for free trade with another country. Although the Florida Governor knows congressional approval is needed to remove China’s trade partner status, he claimed to use executive action to implement this decision.
He said, “I think we probably need Congress, but I would take executive action as appropriate to be able to move us in that direction. I favor doing that.”
DeSantis also criticized President Joe Biden for growing China’s influence in the Indo-Pacific region, calling him weak towards China. He noted, “We will have a new commitment to hard power in the Indo-Pacific. At the end of the day, what China respects is strength.
If you show strength and we have hard power to back it up, they will be much less aggressive. My fear is, under Biden, his weakness is inviting China to do more.”
DeSantis is not the only Republican Presidential candidate who declared to take a firm stand on China; another 2024 runner, former President Donald Trump, who is currently the Republican front-runner, seemed to be in line with his opponent‘s policies.
He said he would give China 48 hours to get out of what sources familiar with the matter say is a Chinese spy facility in Cuba, 90 miles (145 Km) off the U.S. coast.
The former President called the Biden government a corrupt leader, accusing it of taking money from China. On Saturday, Trump wrote on Truth Social, “We have a corrupt, incompetent leader in Biden, who has taken millions of dollars from other countries like China. He is totally compromised.”
Despite Washington’s effort to repair the ties, the disputes between the U.S. and China have led to a deteriorating diplomatic connection and increased trade uncertainties between the world’s two biggest economies to such an extent that upcoming leaders in the United States are looking forward to revoking China’s status of free trade in the country.
The two leading 2024 Presidential runners, DeSantis and Trump, have already pledged to take stringent actions against China if they assume the White House next year, resonating with many other conservatives considering China a major threat to U.S. national security.
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