July 13,2016

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Wyden Statement on New USTR Case Targeting Chinese Trade Restrictions

Today the United States launched a new trade case challenging export restrictions China maintains on nine raw materials used by American manufacturers across a wide range of sectors, including aerospace, automotive, and electronics. Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden, D-Ore., praised the action and urged the administration to continue using all available tools to crack down on foreign trade practices that hurt American workers.

“When it comes to trade enforcement, tough talk is easy. American workers and businesses need action. Enforcement actions such as those announced today are critical to ensuring that China lives up to its trade obligations, and that American workers get a fair shake,” said Wyden. “The new trade enforcement bill I fought to pass earlier this year includes new tools to ensure that the administration identifies enforcement priorities and takes concrete steps to follow through. I am pleased that the Obama Administration is taking this step and hope it continues to use all available trade enforcement tools to tackle other big challenges, including rampant Chinese subsidies to steel, aluminum and other commodities that have driven overcapacity and decimated American manufacturers.”