President Donald Trump's proposed steel and aluminum tariffs may not have enough impact on China, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., wrote Tuesday.
"By themselves, these tariffs will not do enough to rein in China's trade violations. Because the tariffs are broad and apply to many countries, they may not have much of an impact on the worst violaters, including China," Rubio wrote in a New York Times opinion piece.
China is becoming more autocratic, and the country has "thwarted competition at every turn," Rubio wrote.
"Ignoring China's trade violations reinforces the view among American workers that international trade is bad for them and their way of life," he added.
The senator called for additional actions against China. "For example, the government should impose duties on Chinese industries that benefit from stolen American intellectual property, and those penalties should be equivalent to the size of the economic loss faced by American producers. We should limit 'joint ventures' with Chinese copycat companies and encourage our allies to do the same."
"We should prohibit Chinese investment in industrial categories where the Chinese have blocked American investment. And when the Chinese threaten retaliation and bring suit at the World Trade Organization, we should welcome the opportunity to have China publicly repudiate its anti-free trade practices," the senator added.
"The goal is better jobs and higher wages for American workers. Trade is a means to those ends."
In February, Rubio called on Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to work with Trump to counter China. "Like-minded allies must work together to protect the deeply held values and institutions of democratic societies," Rubio said, The Australian reported.
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