Asia Society report on US-China relations: Even moderates taking harder line on digital protectionismRecently, a task force the Asia Society put together published a widely covered set of recommendations for the Trump administration on US policy toward China. Tilted a bit toward the outgoing Obama administration, there are elements that several of my colleagues will heartily challenge — not least the blunt criticism of the initial Trump dissent from the status quo “one China” policy. (Trump has since reversed himself and promised to adhere to the one China policy.)
Uniformly, a number of those who have just read my new paper have been struck by the fact that today 8 of the world’s 25 most trafficked websites are completely blocked in China — including those of Apple, Google and Twitter.*
But this was only one important symbol of the systematic closing of the Chinese market to US and other foreign Internet and information and communications technology companies. As a general rule, on trade I...