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Lighthizer Delivers Testimony on U.S-China Trade Before House Committee

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

(North American Meat Institute)

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, in testimony last Wednesday before the House Ways and Means Committee, said the Trump Administration is pushing for significant structural changes to China’s economy that would allow for a more level playing field, especially with respect to issues of intellectual property rights and technology transfers. Lighthizer told Committee members that although U.S. and Chinese negotiators are making progress to resolve the countries’ ongoing trade dispute, the Administration will not simply accept Chinese promises to purchase more U.S. products, which include certain agricultural imports. Lighthizer stressed that a deal with China must be “specific, measurable and enforceable at all levels of government.” Lighthizer detailed the enforcement process the two sides are considering, stating complaints of trade violations would be discussed in a series of consultations – monthly by staffers, quarterly by vice ministers and twice-yearly by ministers of the U.S. and China.

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