WASHINGTON DC – Congressman Tom Tiffany (WI-07) today joined Congressman Chris Smith (NJ-04) and Tom Suozzi (NY-03) in introducing bipartisan legislation that would restore congressional oversight of commerce US bilateral relationship with Communist China by stripping them of their normal permanent status of trade relations. HR 7193 restores the checks and balances that existed before 2001, when the United States granted the communist dictatorship “most favored nation” trading status.
“When policymakers extended permanent normal trade relations status to China, they said it would usher in a new era of prosperity here at home while paving the way for political reform, improved human rights rights and fairer labor practices in China – but we all know that’s not what has happened. Over the past two decades, we have seen America’s manufacturing sector suffer while Communist Party elites Chinese people have become richer, more ruthless and more dangerous than ever as they engage in systematic human rights abuses, slavery and genocide. Ordinary on the behavior of the Chinese dictatorship, and America can no longer afford to allow this behavior on a ‘permanent’ basis,” said Congresswoman Tiffany.
“Since President Clinton unbundled human rights trade with China in 1994 – and under successive administrations, now including the Biden administration – the Chinese Communist Party has gotten a free pass for its violations blatant violations of human rights while profiting hugely from the theft of American jobs and growing it into the economic superpower it is today,” said Congressman Smith, who held a press conference on Capitol Hill in 1994, blaming Clinton and others for rewarding the “cruel realities” of the Chinese communist regime with business advantages. “Many, if not most, business and political leaders have long embraced the ‘China Fantasy’ which overlooks human rights abuses while claiming that increased trade will make China more like us. “, he added. Smith continued. “It wasn’t true then and it’s not true now.”
“It has been 50 years since President Nixon first visited China, and we have always believed that the more the Chinese government was exposed to our way of life, our democracy and our economic system, the more it would become like us and would value human rights. and free markets. It just hasn’t happened. Now more than ever, we must stand up against China’s crimes against Uyghurs and Tibetans, and its destruction of democracy in Hong Kong. We cannot continue to allow China to act with impunity and undermine the rules-based order by cheating at the expense of other nations. It is time for the US Congress clarifies that if the Chinese government refuses to meet its obligations to its citizens and the international community, it will face serious consequences, including the possible removal of the PNTR,” he added. said Congressman Suozzi.
Prior to 2001, China’s most favored nation (MFN) status was subject to annual review and a vote in Congress. The vote provided lawmakers with significant leverage to pressure Beijing on key issues such as labor and human rights, market access and unfair trade practices.
In the years since, China’s leaders have continued to engage in systematic human rights abuses, widespread theft of American intellectual property, economic espionage, cyberattacks, high-profile repression democracy activists in Hong Kong and growing military provocations in southern China. Taiwan Sea and Strait.
The bill, which largely mirrors Senate legislation introduced by Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas, would require the president to renew China’s preferential trade status annually. Congress could then rescind the renewal by passing a joint resolution of disapproval.