Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) Urges Obama Administration to Press China on Unfair Trade Practices.
In advance of this week’s fifth U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue (S&ED) in Washington, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) urged the Obama Administration to press China on several issues which affect American workers and businesses. In a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry and Secretary of the Treasury Jack Lew, Brown asked the Administration to address unfair and illegal trade practices, currency manipulation, cyber-attacks and intellectual property (IP) theft, and human rights abuses. Brown also released today an index of the effects of China’s trade, economic, labor, and environmental policy on the U.S. economy, including the U.S. trade deficit with China that has eclipsed $315 billion with China.
“The numbers speak for themselves: American workers and companies can’t afford more talk with China without action,” Brown said. “Congress should act on issues like currency manipulation and intellectual property theft, and we need to improve China’s capacity to tackle serious environmental problems. Secretary Kerry and Secretary Lew should use this week’s U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue as an opportunity to push China towards addressing these very serious challenges.”
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