International trade experts agreed engaging with China is still preferable as the United States and its allies consider how to deal with China’s rise in the global economy.

“I’d describe it as engagement with eyes wide open, so that we’re not being taken advantage of,” U.S. Rep. Ron Kind said yesterday during a webinar hosted by, and the Wisconsin Technology Council.

He noted that throughout history, an established global power grappling with the rise of another global power tends to lead to conflict. To avoid that outcome, he called for a “mutual relationship” between the United States and China.

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