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Professor Kamil Idris view on Rigid Tariffs against China

In his article on medium, Professor Kamil pointed out that the recently announced tariffs by President Trump will hit China hard. The Chinese annual theft of American IP has already cost the United States about $225 to $600 billion according to 2017 report by United States Trade Representatives. Professor Kamil added that these fines for IP stealing are among the highest and they will be enforced on imports from China which will be a total of $50 billion. The penalties will be applied as a punishment for the alleged stealing of U.S. intellectual properties. The allegedly stolen intellectual properties include counterfeiting favorite brands, stealing trade secrets and applying pressures on companies to share technologies with Chinese businesses to be able to acquire vast market in the country. He also states that there are many complaints and many cases of violation of intellectual properties by Chinese people and this has caused numerous nations to avoid doing any dealings with the Chinese industries that are based in China. Professor Kamil feels that President Trump has taken long enough to make measures in correcting the situation.

According to Professor Kamil, Trump seems to be fulfilling his promise according to his recent announcement by imposing a 10% tariff on aluminum imports and 25% tariff on steel imports. Trump excluded Canada and Mexico from these tariffs which seem to be a way of extending an olive branch of peace to these countries. His view is a view that the recent announcement by Triumph is an indication that he might impose the consents to the United States allies.

Professor Kamil Idris is an international civil servant, a former diplomat and a Sudanese national. He graduated from Faculty of Law University with LLB honors. He also attended Geneva University in Switzerland and received a Ph.D. in international law. He has doctorate honorary law degrees from 19 universities around the world. From 1997 to 2008 he worked as the General Director of World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) and for the Global Union for the Security of New Varieties of Plants. He was also a member of United Nations International Law Commission. He has published many books concerning the issues of development, international law, and intellectual property.