A Nebraska Congressman joins the fight against what the United States contends is China’s unfair trade practices.
Congressman Adrian Smith has joined a bipartisan group in Congress as well as representatives of the Obama Administration in support of an enforcement action taken against China at the World Trade Organization.
Smith says China’s trade practices have cost America, especially American agriculture.
“China is currently subsidizing domestic production of rice, wheat, and corn; far more than its WTO commitments allow,” Smith tells reporters. “In 2015, Chinese subsidies exceeded the agreed upon levels by nearly $100 billion.”
Smith says that has distorted prices in the Chinese market, which puts U.S. farmers at a disadvantage. Smith says China is a large and growing market for agriculture exports, adding American producers are positioned to take advantage of Chinese demand if they get a fair crack at the market.
Smith recently joined a news conference in Washington, D.C. to back the trade action against China, joining U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, and other members of Congress.
Smith is the founder and co-chairman of the Modern Agriculture Caucus and a member of the Ways and Means Trade Subcommittee.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:45]