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‘China best abuser of free trade’

world Updated: Jun 13, 2016 07:12 IST

PITTSBURGH: Branding China as the “biggest and best abuser” of free trade, presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has alleged that the Communist trading giant was dumping its goods into the US, stealing intellectual property and imposing hefty taxes on American companies doing business in that country.

“China is the biggest and best abuser. Mexico is a smaller version of China,” Trump told his cheering supporters in this steel city of Pittsburgh, which is said to be a key swing state for November general elections as he hit out at several countries including Japan, Germany, Saudi Arabia and Iran.

Trump said he believes in free trade, but it needs to be fair. “I believe in free trade. But for free trade, you need to have smart people on our side. I want to make good deals. I do not want care what you call it,” he said.

“I do not want China to dump steel into our country. They are dumping. They are steeling our intellectual property.”

First Published: Jun 13, 2016 07:12 IST