Assistant Professor of Political Science Seung-Youn Oh has written Brace Yourself for the New Normal: One Year into the U.S.-China Trade Dispute, for the website China-US Focus.
From the article:
"For some involved in U.S.-China relations, however, the trade war is about more than balancing a trade sheet. Policymakers in Washington want to use the trade war to pressure China to deal with structural issues regarding how Beijing manages the country’s economy and to level the playing field for foreign investment. In March, China fast tracked the approval of its first foreign investment law that made the country’s investment climate more equitable for foreign investors and banned forced technology transfers. While this was a promising development, the new trade regime does not provide for adequate enforcement of either investment or technology transfer rules. The U.S. is still demanding more significant changes regarding intellectual property protections, forced technology transfers from U.S. companies, and the cybertheft of U.S. trade secrets."
Oh specializes in international relations and comparative politics in East Asia. Her broader academic interests include China’s industrial restructuring and upgrading, state-owned enterprise reform and corporate governance, the effects of national origin of foreign direct investment on local economic development, as well as the evolving role of Chinese governments at the national and sub-national levels in shaping the country’s developmental path.