The U.S. should work with China on a series of trade and security agreements and be “very aggressive” on China’s “trade abuses,” U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Tuesday.
Guterres made the comments as he delivered a speech on trade at the United Nations General Assembly in New York City.
He was speaking at the opening of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum, which is being hosted by Japan, China, and the U.K. The APEC is the region’s biggest trade and investment forum and is held annually in Japan and China.
The U.A.E. secretary general said U.C.V.E.-friendly Chinese leaders have not been able to achieve the goal of achieving “fair and transparent” free trade agreements in the region.
China has a long history of trade abuse, including “looting” of intellectual property rights, “deforestation,” “pollution,” “overcapacity” and “overproduction,” Guterre said.
Gutre said he would seek a new round of talks with China “within months,” but he warned that “the next round is very hard.”
Guterre noted that China has “very good track records” on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), the largest trade agreement in the world.
“We should work together,” Gutre told delegates.