China looms large for manufacturers in the United States, both as a major competitor that does not always play by the same rules and as a growing market that has added hundreds of millions of middle-class consumers in the past 15 years and is the third-largest international purchaser of U.S.-manufactured goods.
While manufacturers in the United States have seen increased export growth and sales in China, the Chinese market remains one of the most frequently cited trouble spots for manufacturers in the United States, and challenges continue to rise. China has made some market openings in recent years, and U.S. sales in China have expanded. Yet, manufacturers throughout the United States in multiple sectors continue to see an expansion of a wide range of market-distorting and damaging industrial policies and other measures, from subsidies leading to overcapacity and other distortions, discriminatory import barriers and forced localization to intellectual property theft and technology transfer.
The U.S.–China commercial relationship holds potential for the growth and expansion of manufacturing here at home, but we still have a long way to go to make the trading relationship fair. Manufacturers in the United States are committed to working with the Trump administration to build a robust trading relationship with China but will not settle for anything less than a free and fair competitive landscape where both countries are playing by the same rules.
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