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Taxing 200 Billion US Dollars Of Goods To China? Americans Face At The Hearing
- Sep 04, 2018 -

On August 20, local time, the Office of the US Trade Representative held a six-day hearing in Washington on the proposed tariff on the US$200 billion Chinese exports to the United States. This is also the highest-profile hearing after the US held a hearing on the US$50 billion tariff on Chinese goods in May this year.

The Daily Economic Journalist has exclusively obtained the full agenda of this hearing through authoritative channels. Through the agenda, it can be found that the hearing will be held for a total of six days, scheduled for August 20-24 and August 27.

According to the agenda, the daily hearing will be held from 9:30 am to 6 pm. During this period, whether it is a trade representative, a business representative or a representative of an industry association, it will be divided into 8 groups of 8 people each. Each group has about 60 minutes of speaking time. This means that each representative can speak for no more than 8 minutes.

A lawyer representative who participated in this hearing told reporters that for the US representative who opposed the taxation, the presidium would basically ask questions such as "whether other countries substitute for import from China" and "why can not transfer dependence on China's supply chain". The intention is obvious and undisguised.

A number of Chinese companies and universities attended the conference

Through the arrangement of the hearing agenda, it can be found that during the six-day hearing, more than 300 representatives of enterprises, industry and associations attended the conference. Among the 12-page participants, the reporter found many Chinese companies and industry associations.

For example, on the agenda of August 20th local time, a Chinese company called Lianda Corporation attended the hearing. During the hearing on August 21, Jiangsu Beier Decoration Materials Co Ltd, Linyi Bomei Furniture Co Ltd and China National Forest Products Industry Association) will also attend.

At the same time, the Daily Economics reporter noted that Zhejiang Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd., which had previously participated in the US hearing and successfully defended it, also appeared in the list of representatives of the hearing.

According to the staff of the Zhejiang Pharmaceutical Secretaries Office, the last time the company’s defense of 50 billion US dollars of goods, the company’s defense products were mainly raw materials and preparations. “With the $200 billion tax collection list, we mainly want to get tariff exemptions for products such as pigments, dyes and additives.”

In addition to representatives of Chinese companies, many Chinese chambers of commerce, associations and universities have appeared in the hearing.

For example, in the list of representatives attending the hearing on August 22, China Manufacturers Alliance (LLC), China Chamber of Commerce of I/E of Foodstuffs, Native Produce and Animal By -Products), Tsinghua University, Southeast University Law School and other Chinese institutions will also be present.

Hearing opinions on the spot

Zhang Jun, a Chinese lawyer representative who is attending the hearing in the United States and a senior partner of Beijing Yingke Law Firm, told the daily economic journalist on the 21st that the hearing will be held at the ITC Building. The hearing hall is clearly not allowed to record or Photographed, no video. "Today, a total of 64 witnesses appeared in court to test their testimony. There are support for taxation, and there are also objections to taxation. The opinions on the spot are not very uniform."

"For the US representatives who oppose taxation, the presidium will basically ask whether there are other countries to replace imports from China? Why can't you transfer the dependence on China's supply chain? The intention is very obvious and undisguised." Zhang Jun told reporters.

At the same time, according to CCTV News on August 21, the situation on the day was that among the representatives attending the hearing, there were many more people who opposed (added tariffs) than those who supported them.

Tony Abboud, president of the American Electronic Cigarette Association, said that as he testified before the 301 investigation committee, the technology of e-cigarette was originally invented in China in 2003, and many subsequent developments and innovations came from China. Therefore, the argument that the United States is transferring technology to China is not valid.

Steven Lamar, vice president of the American Apparel and Footwear Association, believes that China and the United States should be able to sit down and discuss intellectual property rights and technology transfer instead of solving problems through tariffs.

It can be seen that the Sino-US trade dispute provoked by the United States not only hurt Chinese companies and related industries, but also caused opposition from American companies and industry representatives.

In addition, in the face of Sino-US trade frictions, in addition to government agencies, chambers of commerce, industry associations and enterprises have also started to act, from passive waiting to active attack. For example, on August 20th, the China Chamber of Commerce for Import and Export of Mechanical and Electrical Products announced that it would submit comments to the Office of the US Trade Representative against the United States to impose tariffs on mechanical and electrical products.

The staff of the Law and Industry Chamber of Commerce and Industry revealed to reporters that in recent days, the Ministry of Justice has received consultation calls from hundreds of companies. "We have seen that companies are actively facing this matter, and our Chamber of Commerce will actively organize enterprises to participate in hearings and find ways to reduce the losses of enterprises."