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The Wall Street Journal: Navarro report blasts China for systematic ‘economic aggression’

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is dialing up its rhetoric against Chinese trade practices, accusing Beijing in a report released Tuesday of waging a systematic campaign of “economic aggression.”

The release of the paper comes a day after President Donald Trump touched off a new phase of market turmoil by threatening expanded tariffs on Chinese imports. The policy and the document meant to justify it reflect the mounting influence of its chief author, White House trade adviser Peter Navarro, who has been shaping and encouraging Trump’s most hawkish trade positions since the 2016 campaign.

Titled “How China’s Economic Aggression Threatens the Technologies and Intellectual Property of the United States and the World,” the 65-page report doesn’t suggest any new policies beyond the trade and investment restrictions already announced or under consideration, nor does it break new ground on Chinese trade practices.

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