Kudlow calls on China to stop illegal trading practices

Chief White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow on Friday called on China to end what he called unfair and illegal trading practices. 

"We have to protect American business interests. We have to protect American labor worker interests. We have to protect farmers. We have to protect small businessmen and women. We have to protect ranchers. We cannot allow China to continue these vastly unfair and, in many cases, illegal trading practices," Kudlow told Hill.TV's Ned Ryun on "Rising." 

"We need significant changes ... in the issue of [intellectual property] theft, forced technology transfers, high tariffs on industrial and food commodities," he said. "They won't let American companies own their own companies in China." 

"This stuff has to stop. They are breaking the [World Trade Organization] laws and the U.S. and EU and Japan signed a tripartite agreement at the U.N. meetings last week aimed at correcting the Chinese injustices and unfairness to get reciprocity," he said.

Trade discussions between the U.S. and China have broken down in recent weeks.  

President TrumpDonald John TrumpSanders apologizes to Biden for supporter's op-ed Jayapal: 'We will end up with another Trump' if the US doesn't elect progressive Democrats: McConnell impeachment trial rules a 'cover up,' 'national disgrace' MORE previously slapped tariffs on billions of dollars of Chinese goods and has warned that more will come. 

China has responded with retaliatory tariffs on U.S. goods.

Kudlow on Thursday floated a possible meeting between Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Group of 20 summit. 

“Maybe, maybe, Trump and Xi will meet at G-20 in Buenos Aires,” he said. “Maybe not." 

— Julia Manchester