USTR Tai Demonstrates Keen Understanding of China Threat, Must Resist Profiteering Multinational Lobbyists

WASHINGTON — The Coalition for a Prosperous America (CPA) today released a statement following U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Katherine Tai’s speech at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) outlining U.S. trade policy with China. CPA is the leading national, bipartisan organization representing exclusively domestic producers and workers across many sectors of the U.S. economy. CPA supported Tai’s nomination to serve as USTR.

“Ambassador Tai has demonstrated a keen understanding of the threat the Chinese Communist Party poses to U.S. economic and national security, and particularly to American workers,” said Michael Stumo, CEO of CPA. “She has consistently and rightly recognized the importance of utilizing trade remedies like tariffs and aggressive enforcement of U.S. trade law. Today’s speech was further evidence that Ambassador Tai understands the scope and scale of China’s unfair trade practices and the devastation it has had on our domestic industrial capacity and jobs.”

Last week, CPA wrote about Ambassador Tai’s comments that the Section 301 tariffs on China are “effective policies” to defend “the interests of the American economy, the American worker, and American businesses and our farmers, too.”

“However, we are concerned about efforts by multinational corporations that want to exclude their particular Chinese imports from the 301 tariffs that are our best existing leverage to change or insulate us from China’s rampant intellectual property theft,” continued Stumo. “These companies have sold out American workers, as well as our national economic vitality, to make a profit regardless of China’s use of forced labor, pollution, and other malign activity. The globalist lobby had more than three years to move their supply chains out of China or pay tariffs lawfully put in place by the U.S. government. The grace period is over and their private profit arbitrage strategies must be discounted in the face of our national, economic, and worker interests.”

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