Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) today applauded the Obama Administration's move to challenge China's unfair, anticompetitive auto trade practices. In March, Baldwin raised concerns about China's unfair subsidies to its auto parts industry and called on the administration to challenge China's actions. She also joined with other Members of Congress in sending a letter to the President calling for action.
"I am pleased to see the Obama Administration stand up for American auto parts workers and help preserve auto jobs here at home," said Baldwin. "When American workers compete on a level playing field, we come out on top. For too long and too often, American manufacturers have suffered because of illegal and unfair Chinese trade practices. We cannot sit by and allow China to play by its own set of rules," Baldwin said.
The new trade dispute is part of a larger Obama Administration effort to stem the long pattern of unfair trade practices by the Chinese government. A series of recent reports have documented how China's government has unfairly boosted its domestic auto parts production. For example, $62 billion worth of Chinese auto parts have been imported into the U.S., causing the auto-parts trade deficit between the U.S. and China to increase by more than 850 percent. In addition, the Chinese government essentially blocks exports of U.S. autos while favoring its own industry, in direct violation of World Trade Organization (WTO) commitments.
"The simple fact is that China cheats and we've seen the effect their unfair advantage has on manufacturing in Wisconsin," said Baldwin. "American workers deserve our full support in combating China's relentless pattern of international trade law violations," Baldwin said.
In 2001, China entered the WTO and was granted permanent normal trade relations with the U.S., a move Baldwin strongly opposed. This provided China with broad access to U.S. markets, including auto parts. In addition to auto manufacturing, Baldwin is leading the fight against China's unfair trade practices in paper and paper products.