Chinese Trade: Trade Deficits, State Subsidies and the Rise of China, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Chinese Trade

Trade Deficits, State Subsidies and the Rise of China, 1st Edition

By Rich Marino


204 pages | 9 B/W Illus.

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There’s no question, compared to the advanced economies China’s economic growth rates have been spectacular, but in most instances the economic analysts tend to forget that a large part of China’s growth has been dictated by government industrial subsidies. How did China go from a bit player overnight to the largest exporter in the world in capital-intensive industries?

This book shows that government subsidies play a big part in China’s success. Government subsidies include those to basic industries: energy (coal, electricity, natural gas and heavy oil), steel, glass, paper, auto parts, solar and more. A lot has been written about China’s trade practices with the West, but none of this work addresses the real unsustainable dilemma. Much of the current literature discusses the problems but doesn’t explain the root cause of China’s lopsided trade practices with the West or explain in detail how China finances its government subsidies, with nothing written that explains that China’s subsidized exports to the United States and European Union are basically self-funded by its enormous trade surplus with the West. A trade surplus represents a net inflow of domestic currency from foreign markets and is the opposite of a trade deficit, which would represent a net outflow. Moreover, this is the only book that describes China’s current trade practices with the West as a zero sum game at the expense of the West.

This book provides two solutions to this endless quagmire: an increase in Western exports to China so that China and the West have more of an equal trade balance, or a very steep reduction of China’s exports to the West.

Table of Contents

Part I United States, the European Union and China

  1. Introduction
  2. Nixon and Kissinger
  3. Part II Spectacular growth and the Chinese economy

  4. China reforms from 1978 to 1990
  5. China from 1990 forward
  6. China’s currency manipulation
  7. Part III Foreign direct investment

  8. US foreign direct investment (FDI)
  9. European foreign direct investment
  10. China foreign direct investment in the United States
  11. China foreign direct investment in Europe
  12. Part IV Trade balances

  13. US trade policies and trade balances with China in the 1990s
  14. EU trade policies and trade balances with China in the 1990s
  15. US trade policies and trade balances with China from 2000
  16. EU trade policies and trade balances with China from 2000
  17. Part V Conclusions

  18. Conclusions

About the Author

Rich Marino is the former Senior Vice-President of Morgan Stanley, USA. After leaving Morgan Stanely, he completed an MSc (Research) in Economic History at the London School of Economics, UK, and he became an established economics author, publishing Submerging Markets (2013) and The Future BRICS (2015).

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BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Banks & Banking
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Economic Development
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economics / Comparative
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Government & Business
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / Trade & Tariffs
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