the eve of the Global Forum on Steel Excess Capacity’s meeting in Berlin,
the president of the Alliance for American Manufacturing, Scott Paul,
released the following statement on Wednesday.
“It's time for China to pay its tab.
domestic steel sector continues to be plagued by China's massive industrial
overcapacity, which is fueled by state-subsidies. Beijing acknowledged its
overcapacity a decade ago, yet Chinese steel mills continue to flood the
global market at the cost of U.S. factory jobs.
“Since the campaign trail, President Trump promised to stop China's
predatory trade practices but has delayed action on open steel and aluminum
investigations since July. Meanwhile, tens of thousands of steelworkers are
facing layoffs, and at least two Pennsylvania steel mills have announced
closures in the face of rising imports.
workers and steel makers need significant, enforceable outcomes to save
factory jobs. Regular meetings won't cut it unless countries like China face
consequences tied to its overcapacity--and the global community must step up
to take meaningful action if President Trump won't.”
And--in a letter to President Trump urging him to directly press China--Paul
said the following: "Without the definite agreement and active participation
of major global steelmaking countries to sharply reduce global overcapacity,
and to do so promptly, it is necessary to take broad action to safeguard
American jobs and our ability to produce steel for national security
purposes. This includes an immediate conclusion to the Section 232
investigations you initiated in April regarding the national security
implications of imports of steel and aluminum.”
Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM) is a non-profit, non-partisan
partnership formed in 2007 by some of America’s leading manufacturers and
the United Steelworkers. Its stated mission: “to strengthen American
manufacturing and create new private-sector jobs through smart public