Levin Statement on WTO Ruling on Chinese Rare Earths Case

Mar 26, 2014

WASHINGTON – Ways and Means Committee Ranking Member Sander Levin (D-MI) today after the World Trade Organization ruling on China’s export policies for rare-earth elements:

“Through the aggressive efforts of the Obama Administration, the WTO has struck down China’s efforts to block our companies from having access to key inputs.  Our high-tech industries, from smartphones to medical equipment to wind turbines, depend on access to these rare earths and other chemicals.  Holding China accountable, and enforcing the rules of international trade are vital to U.S. businesses and workers and key to trade expansion efforts.  China must get the message that our government, backed by our workers, won’t stop pressing until China abandons its penchant for promoting its domestic industries at the expense of those of its trading partners.”