Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi

STATEMENT BY CONGRESSWOMAN NANCY PELOSI REGARDING THE ADMINISTRATION"S PNTR PLAN FOR MONITORING BEIJING’S COMPLIANCE TO TRADE AGREEMENTS

May 4, 2000


"The Administration’s plan to set up a new rapid response team to monitor China’s compliance with its market commitments under WTO reinforces the argument we’ve been making all along that China won’t comply with the new agreement. The Administration’s new compliance program only underscores what opponents of PNTR have known all along: This agreement is giving China a blank check while China is giving the U.S. a rubber check.

By creating a monitoring group the Administration is undermining its own argument that, by joining the WTO, China will begin to comply with the rules. We already know that China has not and will not comply with their agreements. The Chinese government has broken agreements on opening its markets to the U.S.; on stopping the piracy of our intellectual property; and on ending the export of slave-produced goods.

Moreover, there is reason to be concerned that Beijing is already backing away from the most recent 1999 U.S.-China bilateral agreement in a number of areas, including wheat, insurance, meat, petroleum and telecommunications. The following comparisons are particularly worrisome.

On wheat, the official Administration summary of the WTO agreement says: "China will import all types of U.S. wheat from all regions of the U.S. to all ports in China…" But China’s chief WTO negotiator says: "It is a complete misunderstanding to expect this grain to enter the country…Beijing only conceded a theoretical opportunity for the export of grain."

On meat, the Administration’s summary states: "China will lift the ban on U.S. exports of all meat and poultry. But China’s chief WTO negotiator says: "Diplomatic negotiations involve findings new expressions. If you find a new expression, this means you have achieved a diplomatic result. In terms of meat imports, we have not actually made any materials concessions."

As concerned as many in Congress are over China’s human rights abuses, its brutal occupation of Tibet and its proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, there is enough reason to oppose permanent normal trade relations at this time on the basis of trade alone.

It is incumbent upon us, in the public and private sectors, to work for free and open trade with China that is real. The U.S.-China bilateral WTO agreement, however, remains seriously deficient in implementation, compliance and enforcement."


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