Levin Statement on Department of Commerce Investigation into China’s Non-Market Economy Status

Mar 30, 2017 Issues: Trade

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Sander Levin (D-MI), today released the following statement in response to the Department of Commerce’s announcement that it will investigate China to see that it continues to meet non-market economy status, as defined by U.S. trade laws:

“It is clear under long-standing U.S. law and practices that the United States retains the right, and Congress has re-affirmed that right, to continue to treat China as a non-market economy. The investigation launched by the Department of Commerce will be important in updating our factual analysis to re-iterate the obvious facts that China in no way meets the statutory criteria for a change in its market economy status. The simple expiration of one provision in China’s Accession Agreement to the WTO in no way changes this determination and to conclude otherwise would fly in the face of the facts.”