WASHINGTON – Today technology industry trade group ITI, the global voice of the tech sector, released the following statement from Josh Kallmer, senior vice president of global policy, after Kallmer testified on behalf of the parent associations of the U.S. Information Technology Office (USITO), the primary representative of the U.S. tech industry in China (which Kallmer currently serves as Executive Committee Chairperson), before the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) and interagency officials on its annual report to Congress regarding China’s compliance with the commitments made to the World Trade Organization (WTO):
“Competition has been a driving force in fueling the innovation, ingenuity, and societal benefits that the tech industry has created around the world. Unfortunately, China’s market is not a level playing field, leaving non-Chinese companies operating at a steep disadvantage, hurting U.S. workers and businesses of all sizes and in all sectors by undermining U.S. competitiveness and leadership.
“We encourage USTR and the interagency to continue to engage with the WTO process and use the information provided by witnesses today to make sure China meets its obligations. This would be a welcome step by the tech industry to level the playing field so competition and innovation can thrive.”
China’s technology policies, including its restrictions on cross-border data flows requirements on foreign firms to disclose source code and other intellectual property, and discrimination against U.S. cloud providers, among others, have for years had significant, negative economic impacts on the United States. U.S. tech companies and the global tech sector have sought to work constructively with China to address these impacts.