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Fighting for pro-people and planet U.S. and China trade policies

As we predicted when we opposed a U.S.-China bilateral trade deal setting terms of China’s World Trade Organization (WTO) membership and the related grant of Permanent Normal Trade Relations (PNTR) to China in 2000, the current rules have resulted in massive U.S. job outsourcing and the loss of five millions U.S. manufacturing jobs. Absent new rules that end Chinese currency-related trade cheating and condition trade access on a floor of basic human and labor rights and environmental standards, job outsourcing will likely continue. Even those who supported the old policies now admit that the resulting “China shock” cost millions of American jobs, pushed down U.S. wages and devastated many communities.

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