Following Biden Administration’s China Trade Policy Announcement, Congressman Tim Ryan Invites U.S. Trade Representative to Visit Northeast Ohio | Congressman Tim Ryan
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Following Biden Administration’s China Trade Policy Announcement, Congressman Tim Ryan Invites U.S. Trade Representative to Visit Northeast Ohio

October 7, 2021
Press Release
Ryan wants U.S. Trade Representative to see firsthand how bad trade policies with China have harmed communities

Youngstown, Ohio – Following the Biden Administration’s China Trade Policy announcement, Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) today invited Ambassador Katherine Tai to visit the 13th Congressional District. 

This invitation follows the concerns Ryan expressed this week that the Biden Administration’s China Trade Policy doesn’t go far enough to hold China accountable and to protect American jobs and his calls for the Administration to take additional steps to keep China in check while protecting our economic interests. See Ryan’s full statement this week on the Biden Administration’s China Trade Policy here.  

In Ryan’s letter to the USTR, he asked her to visit Northeast Ohio “to see firsthand how bad trade deals with China have harmed communities like mine in states like Ohio and across the country.”

The letter is available here and below: 

 

Dear Ambassador Tai, 

Thank you for your dedication and commitment to putting together a strategic plan to tackle the complex trade challenges our nation faces today with China. As you continue this important work, I would like to extend a formal invitation for you to visit the 13thCongressional District of Ohio to see firsthand how bad trade deals with China have harmed communities like mine in states like Ohio and across the country.  

For nearly 100 years, Northeast Ohio’s “Steel Valley” and the “Rubber Capital” were valued national manufacturing centers. During that time our region thrived, attracting workers and small businesses that funneled money into our community. Beginning in the 1970s, our local industry was slowly lost to foreign imports. It hollowed out the middle class and many people lost well-paying union jobs. When plants are closed and friends and family lose a reliable source of income, it has a profound rippling effect that impacts every part of our community. 

All workers ask for is a level playing field so they can compete on a global scale. Communities like mine are well positioned to become a leader as we look to revitalize domestic manufacturing in newer areas such as lithium/ion battery manufacturing and solar, and so I’m thankful that your vision for a strategic trade plan places a strong emphasis on reinvesting back into domestic manufacturing and job training. This will play a key role in regaining U.S. competitiveness against China.  

But I remain concerned that this alone will not suffice in holding China accountable for persistent harmful trade practices. As we have seen, China will continue to find ways around every trade remedy in the book, so why haven’t we shifted our strategy to meet this unchanging reality? As you continue this important work, I stand ready to partner with you so we can finally level the playing field for American workers and protect our economic interests. 

I look forward to your response and thank you again for your hard work on these important issues. Thank you for your consideration.

Tim Ryan

Member of Congress