What makes this thread hilarious, especially when you take the perspective of those who oppose free trade, is that China does not participate in free trade practices themselves, and throws a hissy fit whenever we do something to equalize the terms of trade.
The artificially devalue their Yuan, so that their goods are more appealing to importers. The anti trade crowd will then counter that it allows China to become more competitive, and hence is wrong.
Yes it is wrong, but it is actually taking away from China's ability to become competitive in the long run. Reason be, by keeping the value of their currency at a low bound, they are robbing their workers of the "fruits" of their labor. First and foremost, foreign goods are much more expensive, and hence their standard of living decreases sharply on that note. Secondly, it devalues Chinese citizens of their rate of return on savings, thereby disincentivizing of saving within their respective banking system.
I was actually waiting for someone to bring up the currency situation for which to reply to, but all i got in return was protectionist rhetoric drowned in mercantilist ideals. Truly sad....