China a 'Longer-Term Problem,' USTR Robert Lighthizer Says

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China a 'Longer-Term Problem,' USTR Robert Lighthizer Says


Higgins, Sean, Examiner (Washington, D.C.), The


U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said Thursday that the White House did not expect to resolve its ongoing trade disputes with China in the foreseeable future, indicating that the tariffs against country and its retaliatory ones against the U.S. could last for a while.

"China is going to be a longer-term problem. That isn't to say we are going to be in a trade war with China in my judgment," Lighthizer told the Senate Appropriations Committee Thursday. Lighthizer was responding to questions from Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va.

Lighthizer said the issue was that China's industrial policy, in the case of steel, resulted in them developing major capacity for political, not economic reasons. "They have 300 million tons of excess capacity. To give you a relative idea, we make in the United States something just south of a hundred million tons of steel. In China, they make 1.1 billion tons ... They created it largely to get rid of imports. As these things do, it got out of control and then they got so big they swamped the entire world. …

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