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U.S. Businesses Defend Trade Deficit with China, Suggest Measurement on Value-Added Basis

(US-China Business Council)

The US-China Business Council (USCBC) has submitted its views on the US trade deficit with China to Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, in response to the Department of Commerce’s request for comments on its investigation into the United States’ significant trade deficits Senior vice president Erin Ennis released the following statement:

“China is a $400 billion-market for the American economy. Goods and services that American companies sell to China support jobs and commercial activity across the United States. China is also a significant investor in the United States, with more than $100 billion in direct investment last year. Taken together, China is a strong contributor to US economic and job growth, contributing to roughly 2.6 million US jobs and $216 billion to US GDP.

“While the bilateral trade deficit with China is significant and must be reduced, it also needs to be viewed in context. First, the share of the US global trade deficit held by East Asia (including China) is almost exactly the same now as it was twenty years ago, before China’s WTO entry. Click here to read more.

Related: USCBC Letter to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross