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Dingell Urges Administration to Protect U.S. from Chinese Auto Exports

Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (MI-06) today led eight members of Congress in sending a letter to U.S. Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo and U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai urging them to take action to address the danger posed by the expansion of Chinese automotive exports threatening the vitality of the U.S. automotive sector.
“The influx of low-cost Chinese vehicles backed by the CCP poses a threat to the U.S. automotive sector. It is imperative that action be taken to prevent this from materializing,” the lawmakers write. “In recent years, the CCP has made significant investments to support its automotive industry, which has led to an overabundance of Chinese exports. Despite U.S. trade barriers, Chinese automakers are now seeking entry into our market. This looming threat of Chinese imports puts at risk our automotive sector’s long-standing leadership. The aggressive expansion of Chinese manufacturers, buoyed by CCP subsidies, threatens to undermine the competitiveness of our domestic manufacturers and jeopardize the livelihoods of millions of American workers.”
“The Chinese automotive industry’s exponential growth also poses significant overcapacity challenges. This surplus, coupled with the aggressive pursuit of new markets, raises concerns about Chinese dumping practices. However, the implications of the Chinese automotive industry’s exponential growth extend beyond economic considerations, encompassing broader national security concerns,” the lawmakers continue. “CCP-backed initiatives are aimed at achieving global market dominance. We want to emphasize the importance of maintaining American leadership in electric vehicle (EV) manufacturing as we transition to a cleaner future, and we thank the Administration for its work on the Inflation Reduction Act, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, and the CHIPS and Science Act dedicated to investing in America. We appreciate the Administration’s recent efforts to investigate risks associated with foreign adversarial highly connected vehicle supply chains. This is vital to addressing the immediate threat posed by Chinese automotive imports on our critical infrastructure.”
“However, we urge the Administration to take decisive action to block the entry of Chinese automobiles into the American market. The Administration should increase tariffs on Chinese automobiles, expedite the review of existing Section 301 tariffs on Chinese goods, and continue strengthening enforcement of our trade agreements to ensure automobiles and parts produced by Chinese manufacturers are not reaping the benefits,” the lawmakers conclude. “These are essential to safeguard domestic automotive manufacturing, protect American jobs, and preserve national security interests. We are looking forward to continued collaboration to combat the threats posed by Chinese efforts to infiltrate our market. It is imperative that the Administration take proactive steps to address the threat posed by CCP-subsidized imports into the U.S. automotive sector. Failure to act will have far-reaching consequences for the American economy and for our national security interests.”

The letter is also signed by Reps. Marcy Kaptur, Haley Stevens, Terri Sewell, Frank Mrvan, Elissa Slotkin, Shri Thanedar, Dan Kildee, and André Carson
View the full text of the letter here
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