Time To Back Up The Tough Talk On Trade

The U. S. on Apr. 27 declared its intention to retaliate against China, India, and Thailand for their piracy of U. S. computer software, drug patents, and other intellectual property. At the same time, the Administration announced that Japan will be barred from bidding on a list of U. S. government-funded construction projects in reprisal for Tokyo's refusal to open its public-works-construction market to American companies. The announcement about Japan was made while a Japanese trade delegation was meeting with U. S. negotiators a half mile away.

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