Sep 16, 2020
Robert Lighthizer Rebukes Completely Inadequate World Trade Organization Ruling Against U.S. Tariffs on China
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United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer is rebuking the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) ruling that deemed illegal U.S. tariffs on billions of dollars worth of Chinese-made goods.
On Tuesday, the WTO ruled against President Trump’s tariffs on China that were imposed in 2018. Trump originally placed a 25 percent tariff on $34 billion worth of Chinese-made goods and later imposed a 25 percent tariff on additional Chinese-made goods.
“This panel report confirms what the Trump Administration has been saying for four years: The WTO is completely inadequate to stop China’s harmful technology practices,” Lighthizer said in a statement.
Although the panel did not dispute the extensive evidence submitted by the United States of intellectual property theft by China, its decision shows that the WTO provides no remedy for such misconduct. The United States must be allowed to defend itself against unfair trade practices, and the Trump Administration will not let China use the WTO to take advantage of American workers, businesses, farmers, and ranchers. [Emphasis added]
Coalition for a Prosperous America (CPA) Chairman Dan DiMicco, who previously advised Trump on trade issues, said the ruling reveals the WTO’s “utter contempt for U.S. interests.” said CPA Chair Dan DiMicco. He added:
It’s laughable that the WTO would claim the U.S. hasn’t ‘justified’ the tariffs. Every other WTO nation already shares similar concerns about China’s aggressive behavior. And it’s ludicrous to claim the U.S. failed to seek proper recourse after Beijing simply walked away from months of talks last year.
Trump’s tariffs were imposed after an investigation by Lighthizer revealed that China’s anti-competitive trade practices against American tech firms cost the U.S. $50 billion every year.
In March 2018, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) released the findings of a lengthy investigation into China’s anti-competitive practices against U.S. tech firms.
“The relevance and usefulness of the WTO has been further called into question as it protects China’s state-directed economy from change,” CPA CEO Michael Stumo said.
Since 2001, U.S. free trade with China has eliminated at least 3.4 million American jobs. In 1985, before China entered the WTO, the U.S. trade deficit with China totaled $6 billion. In 2019, the U.S. trade deficit with China totaled more than $345 billion.
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Father of Seven Ziggy Marley Reveals His No. 1 Rule When Playing Uno with His Kids
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Ziggy Marley is instilling a healthy competitive spirit in his kids.© Provided by People Ziggy Marley/Instagram Ziggy Marley and family
The Jamaican musician recently chatted with PEOPLE about his new children's album More Family Time and how life at home has been of late with wife Orly and their four children: sons Isaiah Sion Robert Nesta, 4½, Abraham Selassie Robert Nesta, 9½, and Gideon Robert Nesta, 13, plus daughter Judah Victoria, 15.© Ziggy Marley/Instagram Ziggy Marley and family
"I've been playing Uno with the kids," says Marley, 51. "I don't let them win, but they are better than me at it. So I don't have to let them win — they're winning without me helping."
He is also honest about when he feels done playing, saying he's not going to "lie to" his kids about when it's time to throw in the towel: "If I'm done, I'm done. I say, 'All right.' I'm not going to be sitting there miserable."
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Another way Marley (who's also dad to three adult children — daughters Zuri, 24, and Justice, 28, plus son Daniel, 31 — from previous relationships) and his younger kids are spending time together is making friendly bets here and there, all for the sake of important lessons.
"I was making a bet with my son last night," the musician tells PEOPLE. "He was cooking and I told him, 'Use this pot.' And he said no — we were making eggs — he said, 'No, the eggs are going to stick.' "
"[I said], 'What you want to bet?' And he was like, '$5.' I said, 'Money? I don't want no money — everything of value don't have to be money. You can bet something else besides money; I don't want your money.' "
Dad knows best, as the eggs didn't stick ("I know the pot," quips Marley) — but he "kind of let it go" and didn't hold his son to the bargain.© Provided by People Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images Ziggy Marley
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Aside from being inspired by his children for his participation in the new album — which sees him join forces with Sheryl Crow, Ben Harper, Alanis Morissette and more — Marley likes that "it just feels so free and just easy."
"It's like I'm just surfing on an endless wave. It's a beautiful thing," he adds of creating the album.
As for his most recent feeling of pride? The thought of what not only his own children but all of his late father Bob Marley's grandchildren have done in the world.
"We put up different posts on social media, about 12 other grandkids and what they're doing and what they have accomplished. And I feel really good about sharing that, especially on Bob's page," he tells PEOPLE. "And I'm very, very proud of his grandkids ... my nephews and nieces. Some accomplishments from college graduation and stuff. I think it felt good from a father, in a way."