Republicans blasted President Joe Biden for failing to hold China’s communist government to the terms of a deal they agreed to under the Trump administration.
A group of House Republicans sent a letter to trade to U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Katherine Tai demanding the Biden administration hold China accountable.
“We write to emphasize the urgent need to consult closely with Congress to set a clear, action-oriented plan to confront China’s predatory trade practices and trade aggression throughout the world,” the letter reads. “This month marks the second anniversary of the entry into force of the Economic and Trade Agreement Between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of the People’s Republic of China (the “Phase One Agreement”). The Biden Administration’s failure to share a detailed analysis of China’s performance under this Agreement leaves Congress with insufficient data to fulfill its Constitutional mandate to regulate commerce with China. We have great confidence in your abilities to address the many challenges China presents to the United States and other market economies, and we hope you will expand detailed communication on these matters so that Congress and the Administration can be partners in developing effective U.S. responses.”
The letter goes on to lay out action steps for the administration to help stop China from taking advantage of the U.S.
“First, USTR should provide a detailed analysis of China’s performance of its obligations under the Phase One Agreement. This should include both purchase commitments and all structural obligations,” the letter says. “Second, USTR should develop an action plan to address China’s shortcomings under the Phase One Agreement. One reason we considered the Phase One Agreement a significant achievement when compared to the numerous prior commitments China had made in our various bilateral dialogues is that the Phase One Agreement contains a clear mechanism for consultation regarding alleged non-compliance with its terms and unilateral retaliation when such consultations do not succeed.”
“Third, USTR should lead an ambitious, forward-looking strategy to advance free and fair trade and combat unfair industrial policies and trade practices in China and throughout the Indo-Pacific,” the letter adds.
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