Tariffs Against China to Protect US Intellectual Property Would Mostly Hit Non-Chinese Supply Chains

Mary E. Lovely (PIIE) and Yang Liang (Syracuse University)

May 30, 2018

Tariffs Against China to Protect US Intellectual Property Would Mostly Hit Non-Chinese Supply Chains

President Trump's proposed tariffs to protect US technology and intellectual property—briefly "on hold" but now back on the table—would mostly miss Chinese companies and instead hit non-Chinese multinational corporations operating in China. The tariffs are aimed at patent-intensive industries that rely on global supply chains, disadvantaging American producers and harming US allies operating in the region.

This PIIE Chart is adapted from Mary E. Lovely and Yang Liang's Policy Brief, Trump Tariffs Primarily Hit Multinational Supply Chains, Harm US Competitiveness.

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