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List of US concerns with China grows

By Alan Beattie in Washington Published: January 12 2011 14:00 | Last updated: January 13 2011 08:2

!hina "ust redu#e un$air subsidies% stop the the$t o$ intelle#tual property and let its #urren#y appre#iate% &i" 'eithner has said( &he )* &reasury se#retary% in a spee#h on Wednesday ahead o$ ne+t ,ee-.s /isit by 0u Jintao% !hinese president% ,idened )* #on#erns about !hinese e#ono"i# poli#y ,ell beyond #urren#y% ,hi#h has been a $o#us o$ !apitol 0ill.s anger( But he sought to redu#e the bla"e put on !hina $or do"esti# e#ono"i# ,oes( 0e said the )* needed to in/est "ore in resear#h and de/elop"ent% to re$or" edu#ation and to i"pro/e publi# in$rastru#ture( !hina should pro"ote #o"petition by redu#ing i"pli#it state subsidies to #o"panies 1 $ro" lo,2#ost $inan#e% land and energy 1 and #la"p do,n on the the$t o$ intelle#tual property $ro" $oreign #o"panies% he said( &he ,orld needed 3a "ore le/el playing $ield $or )* #o"panies that #o"pete ,ith !hinese #o"panies in !hina% in the )nited *tates and around the ,orld4( Addressing the rising !hinese #urren#y% 5r 'eithner said the #urrent rate o$ appre#iation o$ about 6 per #ent a year 1 #loser to 10 per #ent in real ter"s be#ause o$ higher !hinese in$lation 1 ,as substantial but inade7uate( 3We belie/e it is in !hina.s interest to allo, the #urren#y to appre#iate "ore rapidly in response to "ar-et $or#es(4 0e said !hina.s "o/es to rela+ #apital restri#tions to allo, "ore trading in the ren"inbi ,ere signi$i#ant( 5r 'eithner.s ,ider $o#us #hi"es ,ith the /ie,s o$ "any business organisations and so"e senior 8epubli#ans in the )* 0ouse o$ 8epresentati/es( Business groups say the e+#lusi/e attention on the #urren#y issue has distra#ted $ro" proble"s su#h as the prote#tion o$ )* in/est"ents in !hina( Last ,ee- 9e/in Brady% the ne, #hair"an o$ the 0ouse o$ 8epresentati/es trade sub#o""ittee% told the :&: 3&his #o""ittee ,ill no longer /ie, the relationship ,ith !hina purely through the #urren#y ;issue<(4 0is #o""ittee ,ould not push pending legislation designed to punish !hina $or under/aluing the ren"inbi( 5r 0u.s /isit is li-ely to be "ar-ed by attention2#at#hing announ#e"ents on in/est"ent and trade% in#luding agree"ents on en/iron"ental te#hnology( !hinese subsidies to alternati/e energy industries% su#h as solar and ,ind po,er e7uip"ent% ha/e be#o"e a bone o$ #ontention bet,een Washington and Bei=ing( >n ?e#e"ber Washington began a #ase o/er su#h state support against Bei=ing at the World &rade @rganisation% though that ,as spar-ed by #o"plaints by )* unions rather than #o"panies% "any o$ ,hi#h are "ore interested in operating in !hina than e+porting goods "ade in the )*( 5r 'eithner sought to redu#e the bla"e atta#hed to !hina $or the )*.s e#ono"i# ,oes( 3:unda"entally% ho, "any =obs and ho, "u#h ,ealth ,e #reate ,ill be the result o$ the #hoi#es ,e "a-e in the )nited *tates 1 not the #hoi#es o$ others%4 he said( *pea-ing be$ore 5r 'eithner.s address% !ui &ian-ai% !hina.s /i#e2 $oreign "inister% told reporters he ,ould ,el#o"e assuran#es that the /alue o$ !hina.s holdings o$ )* assets ,ould not be =eopardised( !hina is #on#erned about in#urring losses $ro" a rapid sell2o$$ in )* &reasury bonds( 5r 'eithner said )* debt re"ained sa$e(

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