Frank Lavin, the Department of Commerce’s undersecretary of international trade, spent the noon hour at the NAM today, addressing NAM members and the Washington, D.C. press corps on the Administration’s decision to impose anti-subsidy duties against Chinese exports of coated paper products. Two important messages we took away from his comments:
Lavin’s concluding remarks provide a good précis of his arguments.
The China CVD case was an important step ahead in our economic engagement with China. As China continues to sort through its approach to reforming its economy, we believe this provides an additional incentive for China to move away from subsidies and continue to pursue market economics. If we add the other pillars of negotiations, WTO actions, our overall trade agenda and export promotion, I believe we have a comprehensive strategy that advances U.S. interests and is fair to both sides.
UPDATE (5:30 p.m.): Undersecretary Lavin’s opening statement is available at the Department of Commerce website here.
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