Pelosi Statement on China Trade Investigation Memo

Aug 14, 2017
Press Release

Contact: Drew Hammill/Ashley Etienne, 202-226-7616

San Francisco – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement after President Trump signed a memo instructing the U.S. Trade Representative to consider investigating China’s unfair intellectual property practices: 
“For years now, China’s brazenly unfair trade practices have weakened America’s economy and hurt American workers. Even though President Trump has signed a memo of instruction to the USTR to consider investigating China’s unfair intellectual property practices, the USTR must take a strong stand against the following:  
Requiring American companies to transfer technology and proprietary information to do business in China;
China’s theft of American trade-secrets;  
China’s piracy of other American intellectual property, including software;
Market barriers facing U.S. businesses and products in China. 
“In addition, the Administration must recognize that challenging China’s open intellectual property theft is especially vital now, in light of China’s ‘Made in China 2025’ policy.  This policy will not only not only hurt American companies in China, but will make it harder for us to compete globally with Chinese firms.  
“Given the scope of the investigation, it will be important to ensure the USTR analyzes the rules and regulations that are most egregious to U.S. business interests, and Democrats are interested in working with the private sector to ensure that the USTR is focused on the right rules.  
“Opening an investigation of China’s intellectual property practices is a necessary step, but far short of the comprehensive action American workers need.  President Trump has done little on trade and nothing to create more good-paying jobs in America.  Democrats believe American workers deserve A Better Deal on trade and infrastructure, not more empty promises from the President. 
“Over the years, the U.S. has refused to use its economic leverage with China to gain fair access to China’s markets for American products, to stop the proliferation of missile and other technology to rogue nations and to advance human rights in China and Tibet.  The inhumanity of depriving medical care from Liu Xiaobo and the assault on human rights in Hong Kong and Tibet challenge the conscience of the world.  If we do not speak out for human rights in China because of economic concerns, then we lose all moral authority to talk about human rights in any other place in the world.”
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