The House of Representatives has made a key move this week to strengthen its oversight of the complex U.S.–China relationship—a development that the NAM supported.
The House has established the Select Committee on the Strategic Competition Between the United States and the Chinese Communist Party, which will aim to “investigate and submit policy recommendations on the status of the Chinese Communist Party’s economic, technological and security progress and its competition with the United States,” according to the bill.
Why it’s important: The NAM has long called for more robust efforts to reset the relationship and hold China accountable for discriminatory economic practices and policies.
- These practices have had a deleterious effect on U.S. manufacturing competitiveness, as NAM Vice President of International Economic Affairs Ken Monahan told Acting Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Trade Policy and Economics William Shpiece in September.
- “From unfair import and export subsidies and industrial policies to intellectual property theft, manufacturers and workers in the U.S. face an unfair playing field that harms manufacturing in the U.S. and holds back the industry,” Monahan said.
What can be done: The NAM continues to advocate several key actions, which it enumerated last May to the new committee’s predecessor, the House Foreign Affairs Committee’s China Task Force. These include:
- Boosting domestic investment in manufacturing, supply chains and infrastructure here at home;
- Increasing U.S. leadership in writing the rules of trade—globally through leading the modernization of the World Trade Organization and regionally through steps to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership and new frameworks such as the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework;
- Working at home and with allies abroad to tighten pressure on China to fully meet its trade and economic commitments and halt problematic trade behaviors; and
- Upgrading national security regulatory frameworks such as investment security and export controls through targeted, effective reforms.
The final word: “We have to get China right: the U.S.–China economic relationship has long needed a reset to work for manufacturers large and small across the country grappling with harmful and discriminatory Chinese trade behaviors,” said NAM Senior Director of International Trade and Regulatory Affairs Ryan Ong.
- “Manufacturers welcome robust efforts by Congress and the broader U.S. government to level the playing field for manufacturers and allow them to compete fairly everywhere, including in the U.S., China and around the world.”