‘Nothing we can do’: How a Dallas firm's time in China highlights core dispute in Trump's trade war

“The complaints against China’s trade practices are very real,” said Doug Barry of the US-China Business Council, a Washington-based industry group whose members include the likes of Dallas-based AT&T, Irving-based Exxon Mobil and Dallas-based Texas Instruments. Among the issues flagged by Barry: The proliferation of fake goods made in China. The practice of forcing US companies, via joint ventures, to transfer over prized tech in order to operate there. The government subsidization of Chinese enterprises, which undercuts US businesses. “The good news is that China is reforming, and many US companies are doing well,” said Barry, whose group supports Trump taking action against China but opposes the use of tariffs as the way to do it. “The bad news is the pace of reform is slow and spotty.”