China Sounds off on USMCA Provision

CBJ — China says upset with a new clause in the recently agreed-upon United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement that calls on the countries to notify each other if they enter into trade talks with a “non-market” economy. China views that as a not so subtle swipe at them.

The Chinese Embassy in Ottawa says section 32.10 of the new USMCA amounts to an act of political dominance by the U.S., which it blames for inserting the clause some say gives the Americans a veto over Canada and Mexico pursuing free trade with China.

The Trump administration is embroiled in a trade war with China and has slapped tariffs on hundreds of billions of dollars worth of Chinese goods, prompting retaliation from Beijing.

China vehemently denies the notion it is a non-market economy, saying it is a member in good standing of the World Trade Organization.