Manzullo Calls for China to End Unfair Labor Practices

As leaders of China are visiting Chicago, this press release came Don Manzullo, Illinois’ 16th District Congressman:

Manzullo: China Must End Unfair Trade Practices
to Give Americans Chance to Compete for Jobs

(WASHINGTON) Congressman Don Manzullo (R-IL) today said the Obama Administration needs to get tougher in enforcing trade rules on China to give American manufacturers a chance to compete on a level playing field for jobs.

Manzullo, co-chair of the House Manufacturing Caucus, made his remarks during a Foreign Affairs Committee briefing this morning on China’s rise and its impact on the United States. Manzullo is Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific and is planning to hold several hearings this year examining our enforcement of trade rules with China and other countries in Asia.

Don Manzullo

“On one hand, China’s remarkable economic growth provides export opportunities to a market of over 1.3 billion consumers.”However, as experience has shown, China’s unfair trade practices, including currency manipulation, illegal subsidies, and lax enforcement of intellectual property theft, make it difficult for the hardworking people of America to compete on a level playing field and benefit from this relationship,”

Manzullo said.

In the northern Illinois Congressional district Manzullo represents, there are more than 1,400 manufacturers that support more than 51,000 jobs, according to the National Association of Manufacturers. Manzullo continually hears from manufacturers in northern Illinois and throughout the country about their difficulties trying to compete on a level playing field with manufacturers in China.

“These hardworking men and women want to know what their government is doing to enforce our trade laws with China and preserve America’s industrial base,” Manzullo said.

“My experience with the Chinese Government is that it is in fact capable of stopping violators when they see it is in their interests to do so.

“With so many Americans out of work, now is the time for the Administration to work with Congress to hold China responsible and give American manufacturers a chance to compete with China on a level playing field so they can create jobs.”

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