WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — Too often, the U.S. seems to place a higher value on dialogue and engagement with China than on China’s accountability, Sen. Sherrod Brown said Tuesday.

Speaking at the Council on Foreign Relations, the Ohio Democrat, who serves as chairman of the Congressional-Executive Commission on China, said the U.S. should take a position of “principled resolve” and actually hold China responsible for its actions.

“When China fails to live up to its obligations, we push back — sort of,” Brown said. “We accept arguments from Chinese leaders that they are a developing country that needs time to reform.”

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