Arrington: Trump’s Phase One China Trade Deal is a Result of Negotiator-in-Chief’s Courage

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Writing in Fox Business today, Congressman Jodey Arrington (TX-19) applauded President Donald Trump and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer for their hard-fought negotiations leading up to the historic signing of a ‘Phase One’ trade agreement between the United States and China. The agreement, which commits China to substantially increased purchases of American agriculture products as well as major structural reforms, is a major win for West Texas and for agriculture economies throughout the United States.
“This is a monumental achievement for farmers and ranchers in my district in West Texas and across rural America, who will reap the blessings of China’s commitment to purchasing as much as $50 billion worth of U.S. agriculture products.
This is nearly 100 percent more than the largest amount of U.S. commodities purchased by China since normalizing relations in the 1970s,” Arrington wrote.
“…China has been waging economic war on the United States and, until now, they’ve been winning. For example, since China joined the World Trade Organization in 2001, the United States has shipped more than 3.4 million jobs overseas and shuttered 70,000 American factories. No group has borne the brunt of China’s bad behavior and unjustified retaliatory tariffs more than our nation’s agriculture producers, who have watched the value of their exports to China plummet by more than $10 billion in the past two years…”
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