AISI Disappointed by Obama Administration's Stance on China as a Currency Manipulator

Appreciates Administration’s Work to Address Other China Trade Issues

Washington, D.C., 10/16/2009 – AISI President and CEO Thomas J. Gibson issued the following statement in reaction to the Administration’s decision yesterday not to name China a currency manipulator in the Treasury Department’s semiannual report:

“While AISI appreciates some of the steps that the Obama Administration has taken in terms of dealing with China trade issues, we are disappointed that it has decided, once again, not to name China a currency manipulator in the Treasury Department’s semiannual report.   We believe that the facts call for a different finding, given the massive damage that China’s severely undervalued currency has done to U.S. manufacturing companies, their employees and their communities.

AISI testified this month about the need to address this issue before the United States Trade Representative’s Trade Policy Staff Committee, and we have been on record urging more aggressive action on this anti-competitive practice, but it is now more urgent than ever that Congress pass promptly, and that the Obama Administration support, a trade law remedy fix to this problem of currency manipulation, which has contributed to the current U.S. trade deficit and allows China to undercut U.S. trade.”

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Contact:
Nancy Gravatt
Vice President, Communications
American Iron and Steel Institute
Tel: 202.452.7115