May 16,2018

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Photo: Hatch Meets with Chinese Vice Premier Liu He

Trade Leaders Discuss Importance of Mutually Beneficial U.S.-China Trade Relationship

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Today, Wednesday, May 16, 2018, Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) met with Chinese Vice Premier Liu He

 WASHINGTON – Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) today met with Chinese Vice Premier Liu He, a key adviser to President Xi Jinping to discuss the U.S.-China trade relationship.

 “Vice Premier Liu and I had a constructive conversation about how we can work toward strengthening the trade relationship between the United States and China,” Hatch said. “During our meeting, I emphasized the importance of respecting intellectual property rights and the ability of American businesses to export and do business in China without being forced to transfer technology to Chinese companies – goals I share with the Trump administration. While imposing tariffs would harm both countries, the theft of American intellectual property in China is a persistent and serious problem that must stop. It’s China’s responsibility to change its policies that are harming American businesses and workers and I am committed to continuing to work with them and the administration to help improve the U.S.-China bilateral trade relationship.”

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The U.S. Senate Finance Committee has jurisdiction over international trade. A longtime advocate of establishing enforceable international rules to expand opportunities for U.S. firms and workers exporting overseas, Hatch has fought to strengthen intellectual property rights (IPR) standards around the world. Hatch authored legislation to increase U.S. enforcement of American intellectual property rights overseas, including improvements to the Special 301 mechanism and the establishment of a Chief Intellectual Property Negotiator at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR). Hatch also spearheaded efforts in Congress to enact bipartisan Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) to help open more markets for U.S. exports and strengthen IPR protections in U.S. trade agreements. Hatch also  led enactment of the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016