Brown Applauds Commerce Department for Maintaining China’s Nonmarket Economy Status

Senator’s Plan for Trade with China Outlined Concerns that China’s State-Controlled Economy Puts Ohio Workers at Disadvantage

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) applauded news this week that the Commerce Department will continue to treat China as a nonmarket economy, which will benefit U.S. companies who bring cases against China.

Brown has cautioned Administrations of both parties and foreign trade partners against granting China market economy status, which could hamper the ability of U.S. manufactures to get real trade relief when Chinese competitors dump goods or sell illegally subsidized products into the U.S. market.

“We know China’s state-control over its economy has put Ohioans out of work and thrown the global market out of whack,” said Brown. “This decision by the Commerce Department will ensure U.S. industries continue to get important relief from trade cases brought against China’s unfair trade practices.”

Brown has noted that granting China market economy status could negatively impact the U.S. steel industry and undermine efforts to get China to comply with its international trade obligations. Brown outlined these and other concerns in a plan he outlined for President Trump’s 100 Day Plan on trade with China.

In his November letter to Trump, Brown asked President Trump to maintain China’s nonmarket economy status until the country has fully transitioned to a market economy. The Chinese government still has significant control over its economy, particularly its steel and aluminum sectors. Brown has also raised this as a priority with Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross.