National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) Vice President of International Economic Affairs Linda Dempsey testified at the Senate Finance Trade Subcommittee hearing on market access challenges in China. Dempsey’s testimony focused on the U.S.–China trading relationship and reiterated NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons’ call for the Trump administration to pursue a bilateral trade agreement with China.
“There is no doubt that we need to address these challenges. China simply must follow the same rules as everyone else,” Dempsey said in her written testimony. “It simply must be held accountable when it cheats. On this, nearly all parties agree. The question is how best to go about doing so. There has been a lot of debate about this for a long time. We at the NAM believe it’s time to finally change the contours of that debate. We think a comprehensive strategy will be needed if our country is to truly achieve the best outcomes for American workers and American enterprise. In our view, that means pursuing a modern, innovative and comprehensive bilateral trade agreement that wholly restructures our economic relationship with China. This is at once both a radical idea and, in our estimation, the most pragmatic and effective way forward.”