Tariffs on China do more harm than good, business council says

American companies want solutions to the problems they face doing business in China, not just sanctions from the Trump administration, according to their representative in Beijing.

“Tariffs will do more harm than good in bringing about an improvement in intellectual property protection for American companies in China,” Jake Parker, vice president of China operations at the U.S.-China Business Council in Beijing, said by email. “A focused effort to fix the problems is better than imposing sanctions that will bring collateral damage to American households, farmers, and manufacturers.”