U.S. lawmakers and union groups from the Midwest are urging President Barack Obama to limit auto parts imports from China that allegedly gained from massive illegal subsidies and endangered numerous American jobs. "We need to stand up to the bully on the block [that] continues to take our lunch money and we need to stop that " U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., said, referring to China.
The lawmakers and union group are urging the current administration to either bring a possible case at the World Trade Organization, or commence a U.S. Commerce Department probe that would result to imposing duties on Chinese-made auto parts.
The push came one week after Obama declared he was establishing a Trade Enforcement Unit to repress unfair foreign trade practices in China and other countries. The proposal could further inflict harm on the already strained U.S.-China relationship as Obama prepares to host Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping at the White House on February 14.
"We must be aggressive on trade enforcement -- especially as China ramps up subsidies in strategic industries like auto parts," said U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio. Scott Paul, president of the American Alliance for Manufacturing, said they are providing Obama with an opportunity to deliver on the promise to guarantee a level playing field.