In the 19th century, the US had as much regard for British industrialists’ trade secrets as China has today for American intellectual property rights. As one historian of US business has put it, the Americans “were pirates, too”. Illustration: Craig Stephens

Why should China change its successful trade policies just to please the US, given America’s own history of violations?

Dani Rodrik says when crafting a global trading environment, it’s important to realise that all nations have different political and social settings, and so will not play by the same ‘rules’

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In the 19th century, the US had as much regard for British industrialists’ trade secrets as China has today for American intellectual property rights. As one historian of US business has put it, the Americans “were pirates, too”. Illustration: Craig Stephens
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