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Prof. Peter Yu, "How can we maintain global competitive edge?" in The Des Moines Register

The Des Moines Register
Oct. 31, 2012
Op-ed by Prof. Peter K. Yu, professor of intellectual property law and director of the Intellectual Property Law Center at Drake University Law School

Peter Yu
"In the second presidential debate, the candidates exchanged heated views on China. Mitt Romney declared his intention to label China a currency manipulator on the first day of his administration. He also expressed grave concern about the country’s lack of protection for intellectual property rights.

President Obama responded by pointing out that Governor Romney’s policies would not protect American jobs from being outsourced to China. He further defended his policies, claiming that his administration had bought twice as many World Trade Organization trade complaints against China than its predecessor. The way the candidates played the China card was predictable. In every past recent election involving a sitting president, the incoming candidate attacked the incumbent’s China policy. It does not matter whether the candidate was Republican or Democrat. Bill Clinton criticized President George H.W. Bush for coddling dictators. George W. Bush criticized President Clinton for not considering China a strategic competitor."

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Date Posted: 11/5/2012
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