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February 15, 2012

 U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown’s office (Letter)

Brown is the Sponsor of Bipartisan Chinese Currency Manipulation Bill that Passed the Senate Last Year

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In advance of Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping’s visit to the United States this week, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) sent a letter to the White House to call for stronger enforcement of trade laws with China. Over the weekend, the White House announced the creation of the Interagency Trade Enforcement Center (ITEC), a move that Brown applauded.

China is one of the United States’ largest trading partners—and one of the biggest violators of international trade laws. From currency manipulation to rare and raw earth hoarding to its outright subsidization of a wide variety of emerging industries, the Chinese government has shown that it will stop at virtually nothing to give its businesses an unfair trade advantage,” Brown said. “This week, as Chinese Vice President Xi comes to the Washington, the White House must take seriously its commitment to protecting American manufacturers and American jobs by standing up to China’s unfair and flagrantly illegal trade practices.”

In the letter, sent to Vice President Joe Biden over the weekend, Brown asks the Administration to engage with China on a variety of trade issues, including currency, rare earth materials, state-owned enterprises, indigenous innovation, intellectual property theft, labor rights, export credit agencies, and the evasion and circumvention of antidumping (AD) and countervailing (CVD) duties.

“The United States has lost over 5.5 million manufacturing jobs over the last ten years.  This devastating loss of quality, middle-class jobs has been exacerbated by unfair actions undertaken by some of our largest trading partners – such as improperly subsidizing manufacturing industries, setting discriminatory standards, and implementing other non-tariff barriers that affect a range of industries important to our economic health,” Brown wrote in the letter. “For the most persistent and damaging Chinese trade practices, such as currency manipulation, this and previous Administrations have too often balked at initiating cases, preferring to address issues through forums like the Joint Committee on Commerce and Trade or the Strategic and Economic Dialogue. However, these approaches have simply not delivered results on our persistent trade imbalance with China. More must be done as China has taken numerous actions that nullify and impair its WTO commitments.”

To read the full text of the letter click -

http://brown.senate.gov/newsroom/press_releases/release/?id=AB80AF81-BEBA-452C-BBC1-B3A50F9367B2

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