Factories built on land appropriated below legitimate market rates -- like those employing workers denied the right to organize, or those despoiling the environment due to a lack of oversight -- enjoy significant cost advantages, undermining the competitiveness of U.S. exporters.
Two years ago today, the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to the imprisoned Chinese intellectual and democracy activist Dr. Liu Xiaobo. As we mark this anniversary, the international community must address the ongoing repression of rights in China.
For all of the attention paid to the Bo Xilai scandal and circumstances involving government critics Ai Weiwei and Chen Guangcheng, one largely unnoticed case may serve as a barometer for China's future in this area.
Even as Chinese dissidents like Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo and artist Ai Weiwei suffer physical imprisonment, hundreds of millions of their fellow Chinese citizens are suffering a form of mental imprisonment thanks to their nation's system of internet censorship.
Overall, the Obama Administration has shown a lack of enthusiasm to engage human rights issues around the world and has a mixed, if not poor, record of supporting pro-democracy dissidents such as Chen.
The whole thing is very odd. It all highlights what a conundrum that leaders from Washington to California face in dealing with the challenges and opportunities presented by a clearly ascending and not very well understood China.
Americans may have been surprised to read in news stories this week about the role of a Christian organization in the escape from house arrest of Chen Guangcheng, the blind human rights lawyer in China.
Tensions between Washington and Beijing mount with every development in the story of the blind Chinese lawyer Chen Guangcheng. Washington is trying to keep the issue low-key, but Obama faces mounting Republican criticism that he is too soft on China's human rights record.