TWOCoca-Cola, Huiyuan Juice, and CNOOCProtectionism on Both Sides of the Pacific

He will win who knows when to fight and when not to fight.

—Sun Tzu, The Art of War

AS THE WORLD’S LEADING ECONOMIC giants, both the United States and China have a great deal to gain from a free market economy that allows their products to be sold in other countries. The passion for a free market diminishes considerably when it begins to look as though the free market is going to give a competing country a substantial foothold on your own territory. China saw Coca-Cola’s attempts to buy one of its leading beverage providers as just such a threat. The U.S. was equally upset when China’s National Offshore Oil Company, CNOOC, attempted to buy UNOCAL, a U.S. energy company ...

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