Today, Congressman Joe Donnelly welcomed the announcement from U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk that China has ended several subsidies that had been challenged by the U.S. at the World Trade Organization (WTO). The United Steelworkers originally filed a petition in September 2010 alleging that the Chinese government was unfairly supporting domestic producers of wind and energy products. This support was in the form of grants to Chinese wind turbine manufacturers that agreed to use key parts and components made in China rather than purchasing imports.
"I'm pleased with the announcement that the Chinese government has taken a small step to correct their unfair trade practices," Donnelly said. "They were giving their domestic manufacturers an unfair advantage in wind power equipment production, an industry employing people right here in north central Indiana. That's why I joined my colleagues last year in calling for these subsidies to end. We have a long way to go to end currency manipulation and ensure that we have fair trade across every industry, but I welcome this progress. The decision today by the Chinese government should remind us all that the rules of trade must be enforced, and that the U.S. government has a responsibility to American workers and businesses to stand up and fight for a level playing field."
In September 2010, Donnelly joined 20 other Members of Congress in sending a letter to the president asking him to address the Chinese government's unfair trade practices and in support of the United Steelworker's petition against China's wind power equipment subsidies.