U.S. Rep. Pete
Visclosky, D-1st, is urging U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and
his agency to take action on the proposed tariffs under the USTR’s Section
301 investigation of the illegal trading practices of China.
Visclosky’s letter to Lighthizer:
“I write to offer
support for the proposed list of 25 percent tariffs on Chinese goods,
covering approximately 1,300 products in various industries, including the
steel industry. In relation to steel, China has continued to expand its
steel capa\ city, bringing the global steel overcapacity to around 600
million metric tons. China has been dumping steel on the global market,
creating a surge in global supply and driving down prices. American steel
companies and their steelworkers have suffered as a result. We must do all
we can to ensure China knows that we will enforce all of our trade laws.
“I am disturbed
that the Administration has hesitated to implement these tariffs. For years,
China has made promises to reduce their steel overcapacity and combat other
unfair trade practices, and no such action has been taken. China does not
play by our market-based rules, and the time for action is now.
“In the Section 301
investigation and subsequent report, it was determined that the Chinese
government uses opaque and illicit mechanisms to intervene in U.S.
companies’ operations in China and require the transfer of innovative
technology. As you know, the Chinese government does not use market-based
licensing agreements the same way as other U.S. trading partners and
involves itself in industrial development plans, negating the benefits of
fair global trade. Further, the report concluded that China conducts and
supports unauthorized intrusions into computer networks of U.S. companies to
access their confidential product information.
“Our trade laws are
being violated, and the United States government has a responsibility to
take action against violators. American workers, regardless of their
industry or specialization, are the most innovative in the world and, if
given a fair chance, can compete with anyone. They cannot do so if they must
compete with the Chinese government and its unfair policies involving trade