China Net censorship could start trade war with United States

U.S. politicians have responded to China’s threat to Google by announcing a bill that would try to pressure nations with trade sanctions.

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A bill introduced Thursday, the One Global Internet Act (PDF), would require the federal government to identify “priority” Internet concerns overseas. Then the U.S. Trade Representative would be directed to begin an investigation under the 1974 Trade Act, which authorizes sanctions and retaliatory actions.

Section 301 of the 1974 law permits retaliation when a “practice of a foreign country is unreasonable or discriminatory and burdens or restricts U.S. commerce”, according to the USTR. If the problem is severe enough, retaliation becomes mandatory.

“Preserving an open and truly global Internet should be a top priority for the U.S. government,” said Rep. Zoe Lofgren, a California Democrat whose district includes the heart of Silicon Valley. Lofgren’s legislation is cosponsored by seven fellow Democrats and two Republicans, including Bob Goodlatte of Virginia.

While the Great Firewall of China isn’t new, imposing trade sanctions to try and bring down the wall would be a move that would benefit neither country.

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  1. The list of websites banned in China (check eg http://www.greatfirewall.biz) includes several major US companies and Google seems to have been specifically targeted. I think it’s to be expected that this protectionism should cause a “trade war”.

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