Today, U.S. Representative John D. Dingell (D-MI15) released the following statement in support of the Obama Administration's announcement regarding an enforcement action against China at the World Trade Organization (WTO).
"Once again, President Obama has shown he is on the side of American working families and the auto industry by continuing to take on China at the WTO for its unfair trade practices. In July, the President took China to task for unfair tariffs on imported American vehicles. Now, he is following up on that through this action against China's subsidization of exported auto parts, which added up to $1 billion between 2009 and 2011.
"The facts are plain and simple. These illegal Chinese subsidies are damaging the American auto industry by putting our parts suppliers at a distinct disadvantage with their foreign counterparts. When China joined the WTO in 2001, it agreed to play by the rules by eliminating export subsidies. Unfortunately, this practice still continues today with negative effects on our economy.
"This is another clear sign that President Obama is not only willing, but also able, to defend the livelihood of American workers. I applaud the President for standing up for American manufacturing by taking this critical enforcement action at the WTO."
Congressman Dingell joined dozens of his Congressional colleagues in calling on the Obama Administration to take this enforcement action against China in a March 16, 2012, letter.