WHEN: Wednesday, December 19 at 7:30AM ET
The following is the unofficial transcript of a CNBC interview with New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg on CNBC's "Squawk Box." All references must be sourced to CNBC.
In the interview Bloomberg discusses his trip to China, whether he plans to run for President, whether there is enough room for three business networks, his take on the Presidential race so far and Morgan Stanley, among other topics.
KERNEN: BACK FROM THE WORLD STAGE, MAYOR BLOOMBERG JOINS US THIS MORNING ON "SQUAWK BOX." GOOD MORNING, MAYOR. THANK YOU FOR APPEARING ON THE WORLD'S LEADER IN BUSINESS NEWS.
BLOOMBERG: THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME. I HAVE A LITTLE CONFLICT THERE.
KERNEN: WE'LL TALK ABOUT THAT LATER. TELL US SOME OF THE THINGS YOU TOLD THE CHINESE AND DID YOU TELL THEM SOME OF THESE THINGS AS THE MAYOR OF OUR BIGGEST CITY OR AS SORT OF A STATESMAN FROM THE UNITED STATES?
BLOOMBERG: WELL, WE HAVE 450,000 CHINESE LIVING IN THIS CITY, A LOT OF THEM COME FROM THE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA, RESPECT.IT'S ALSO A VERY BIG MARKET FOR NEW YORK. WE COMPETE AND WE'RE PARTNERS WITH THEM AND SELL TO THEM AND BUY FROM THEM, ALL DIFFERENT LEVELS, WHETHER IT'S FINANCIAL PRODUCTS OR MANUFACTURED GOODS. SO THERE'S A BIG INTEREST IN BOTH WAYS. WHAT I TRIED TO SAY TO THEM IN A NICE WAY, LOOK, WE HAVE FOUND INTE -- PROTECTING INTERNATIONAL PROPERTY RIGHTS IMPORTANT FOR DEVELOPMENT HERE. WE WANT TO PROTECT OUR INNOVATORS. I WOULD, IF I WERE THEM, TRY TO DO THE SAME THING. WE FOUND HUMAN RIGHTS TERRIBLY IMPORTANT IN DEVELOPING OUR SOCIETY, AND IF I WERE THEM, I WOULD TRY TO PROTECT HUMAN RIGHTS. WE FOUND OPEN BORDERS AND FREE TRADE AND LETTING CURRENCIES FLOAT, ALL OF THOSE THINGS IMPORTANT TO US. IF I WERE THEM, I WOULD DO IT. YOU CAN'T GO TO SOMEBODY ELSE'S COUNTRY AND LECTURE ON WHAT WE THINK THEY SHOULD DO. BUT WE CAN TELL THEM WHAT HISTORY SHOWS IS GOOD FOR CAPITALISM AND FOR DEMOCRACY AND FOR COUNTRIES LIKE OURS, AND IF THEY WANT TO BE COMPETITIVE DOWNTHE ROAD, THEY'RE GOING TO HAVE TO DO MANY OF THE SAME THINGS. SO YOU SAY ALL THESE THINGS,