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In the past, the United States said that China’s trade protection was not free. Later, it said that Chinese enterprises were dishonest in stealing technology. Now, they say that China’s wages are too low and unfair. When it comes to freedom, justice and fairness, it is unreasonable. This is the United States.

[article / observer.com columnist Yan Mo]

Recently, the United States has once again raised the issue of Xinjiang. Several departments of the federal government jointly issued a business warning against Xinjiang supply chain to remind us enterprises of the possible risks involved in Xinjiang supply chain investment, which may violate US laws.

In addition to the State Department and the Department of homeland security, the Department of finance, the Department of Commerce, the trade representative’s office and the Department of labor are the co signers of this warning. Based on Biden’s government’s assertion that foreign policy must serve the internal affairs, this may be a signal that the White House wants to open the Sino US dialogue, including the “sequel” to Sino US trade negotiations.

What kind of American attack does Xinjiang supply chain face? Judging from the performance of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) in recent months, we can probably predict that the U.S. will launch a “labor rights missile” this time, targeting not only China, but the developing countries in East Asia as a whole.

Worker centered american offensive

The four words “workers are the sky” are enough to describe the national policy of Biden administration.

In a speech to blue collar workers, American trade representative Dai Qi said loudly: “previous officials often expound the advantages of free trade, but it is definitely not fair trade… The gap between the rich and the poor caused by decades of stagnant wages, the average income of CEOs is 320 times that of employees, The percentage of workers in trade unions is half that of 40 years ago (the percentage of trade union members is an indicator of higher wages and job stability)… This situation must be changed. ”

As for the American disease, she emphasizes that it comes from the globalization of letting enterprises and capital flow to the lowest places of wages, taxes and regulations. The solution is to make new rules around the world by means of trade, so as to increase the wages of workers in other countries, eliminate the competition of government subsidies, and benefit American workers.

It’s called a race to the bottom, a puzzling, jealous political economy.

The so-called globalization, to put it bluntly, means that the whole world has become a single large-scale society. In order to maximize the benefits, enterprises of course have to find places with low wages to produce, and then carry out market competition, so as to make commodities affordable and return to benefit middle and lower income workers. Therefore, from a global perspective, the average living standard of human beings has been improved due to globalization.

In any single economy, bottom-up competition is also a normal market rule. Why does it become a dirty word from the perspective of globalization?

In fact, China, which is regarded as the target of bottom-up competition, is also facing the bottom-up competition in Southeast Asia in the process of rising wages year by year. This is a normal phenomenon. The solution is to upgrade the industry and promote the upgrading of labor skills. The problem in the United States is that the process of industrial upgrading has not led to the upgrading of the overall labor skills, resulting in the hollowing out of the industry and the loss of jobs.

There are no workers for Hon Hai to set up factories in the United States. What TSMC worries most about is the issue of labor qualification and labor culture, which can well illustrate the shortcomings of the contemporary American worker environment.

 

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