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AMI Joins Broad Coalition in Opposing Chinese Currency Manipulation Legislation

Friday, June 24, 2011

(American Meat Institute)

In a letter to House and Senate Leadership yesterday, AMI joined 43 associations representing various business, agriculture, trade and manufacturing interests in opposing any unilateral legislative efforts to address Chinese currency manipulation.

“Like Congress and the administration, we agree that China needs a yuan exchange rate that responds to trade flows and that China should move steadily towards a market-determined exchange rate,” the groups wrote.  “In addition to continuing U.S. government efforts, our organizations support strong, coordinated and enhanced multilateral pressure through multiple international organizations such as the G-20 and APEC to achieve concrete progress on China’s currency and exchange rate policies.”

The groups expressed concern, though, that unilateral legislation on this issue would not only be counterproductive to these shared goals, but to the broader goals of the United States in addressing growing challenges in China, including inadequate protection of intellectual property, restrictions on market access, the need for financial services liberalization, restrictions on the export of commodities such as rare earths, discriminatory indigenous innovation and other industrial policies.

“Above all, such legislation would do more harm than good to job creation and economic growth at a time when the United States dearly needs both,” the groups stated.

The groups also contended in the letter that a bill which increases tariffs on Chinese imports is unlikely to incentivize China to move expeditiously to modify its exchange policies. “Rather,” they wrote, “it would likely have the opposite effect and could engender retaliation against U.S. exports into the Chinese market – currently the fastest-growing market for U.S. exports.”

“We urge you to oppose currency legislation and instead work with and vigorously call on the administration to develop a robust bilateral and multilateral approach to achieve tangible results not only on China’s exchange-rate policies, but also on other Chinese policies that are harming American economic interests,” the letter concluded. 

Copies of the letters can be viewed at: http://bit.ly/lX9RE7

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