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Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Florida’s Scott questions US response to China’s failure to comply with Trump trade deal

China has bought only half of US goods and services under Phase 1 of the historic trade deal negotiated by former President Donald Trump and Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) What is Biden doing? This.

“As part of the Phase I trade deal with the US, Communist China agreed on a target to purchase $378 billion worth of manufactured, agricultural and energy goods. Since October 2021, it has bought only $210.4 billion – just 56 percent of its committed purchases,” Scott told US Trade Representative Catherine Tai in a December 20 letter.

Scott told Tai, “It is quite clear that Communist China has not followed through on a Phase I trade deal, and given their track record of lies and fraud, it is doubtful they will ever do so.” “

Scott said he worries that “as Beijing fails to maintain its end of the bargain and hurts American workers, the Biden administration is taking actions like ending Keystone Pipeline XL, which could kill American jobs.” And thus the Secretary-General is doing Xi’s bidding. weakening the US economy.

“The American people, who have been harmed by the economic wrongdoings of the Communist Party of China, deserve to know how this administration is holding the Communist Chinese government accountable,” Scott said.

To this end, Scott asked Tai for written answers to the following questions:

  • “How many high-level trade-related discussions has the Biden administration had with Communist China? Please specify what plans exist for future business discussions.
  • In detail, describe the Biden administration’s current and future plans to crack down on communist China’s illegal trade practices, including what plans to inform the public about Beijing’s failure to maintain a Phase 1 trade agreement are, if any. Please include information about how Beijing’s human rights abuses inform the Biden administration’s approach to business.
  • “Assuming that President Biden will quickly sign the Uighur Forced Labor Prevention Act into law, how do you plan to immediately implement the provisions of the bill and free goods entering the United States from communist China from Uighur slave labor? Are?
  • “How is the Biden administration planning to address the manufacture and export of fentanyl to Communist China in our business strategy?
  • “Does the Biden administration support a free trade agreement between the United States and Taiwan?
  • “Do you believe that the WTO should continue to classify Communist China as a ‘developing nation’? If not, what steps are you taking to prompt the WTO to change its designation? “

A USTR spokesperson did not respond to a request from The Epoch Times for comment on the Scott letter and questions.

In a fact sheet on its 2021 trade agenda, however, Tai pledged that “the Biden administration recognizes that China’s coercive and unfair trade practices harm American workers, threaten our technological edge, our supply chain resilience.” weaken, and undermine our national interests. The ongoing comprehensive review of US trade policy toward China is integral to the development of the Administration’s overall China strategy.

“The Biden administration is committed to using all available tools to take to the extent of China’s unfair trade practices that continue to harm American workers and businesses. It will also make it a top priority to address the widespread human rights abuses of the Chinese government’s forced labor program, which targets Uighurs and other ethnic and religious minorities in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region and elsewhere in the country.

Trump signed a Phase 1 deal with China in January 2020 after imposing tough sanctions in response to Beijing’s multiple violations of previous agreements and international trade standards. Trump promised to end sanctions after the second phase of the deal between the US and China. Biden has said he will maintain Trump-era tariffs on Chinese products imported into the United States.

Mark Tapscott

Congress correspondent

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