U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-1st, is welcoming the announcement by the United
States Trade Representative (USTR) that China has ended several wind power
equipment subsidies challenged by the United States at the World Trade
announcement follows a USTR investigation initiated by a petition from the
United States Steelworkers (USW), which Visclosky actively supported.
“I am pleased
that the Office of the United States Trade Representative pursued an
investigation in this case and that China has shut down this subsidy
program,” Visclosky said in a statement released on Wednesday. “I urge the
Administration not to become complacent with this victory, but to remain
vigilant and aggressive in our nation’s attack on illegal Chinese trade
practices that violate our international trade agreements. I will continue
to do everything in my power to ensure a level playing field for American
workers and manufacturers.”
On Tuesday, the
USTR announced that China ended subsidies through its Special Fund for Wind
Power Equipment Manufacturing. These subsidies came through grants to
Chinese wind turbine manufacturers which used parts and components made in
China, rather than using imports. According to the USTR, the individual
grants ranged from $6.7 million to $22.5 million.
This is the
third successful WTO challenge brought by the United States against Chinese
2010, the USW filed a petition under Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974
outlining numerous Chinese practices which violate the country’s obligations
as a member of the World Trade Organization and threatened American jobs and
industry. These practices included the Special Fund for Wind Power Equipment
publicly stated his support for the petition at the time.
In October, in
response to the petition, United States Trade Representative Ron Kirk
announced that the United States was launching a Section 301 investigation
into Chinese policies and practices in the clean energy technology sector.
Vice-Chairman of the Congressional Steel Caucus.