March 22, 2018

WASHINGTON – Today, technology industry trade group ITI, the global voice of the tech sector, released the following statement from president and CEO Dean Garfield following President Trump’s announcement on the 301 investigation:

“We appreciate that the Trump Administration has listened to industry’s requests for a comment period. While we look forward to providing our feedback on the options the administration has outlined, we remain concerned with the administration’s focus on tariffs. These measures could violate international obligations and – more importantly – would punish U.S. consumers, businesses, and workers for China’s action.

“As the administration considers how it will address these serious issues, we encourage it to act consistent with international obligations and in close collaboration with other countries. In entering the WTO process, the administration should simultaneously engage the Chinese in negotiations to reach a settlement. The agreement should ensure that China takes concrete steps to curb its harmful practices and is held accountable for actually doing so.”

Earlier this week, ITI led a coalition of nearly four dozen business associations in sending a letter to President Trump, urging him to not include tariffs as a potential remedy from the investigation. In the letter, the groups outlined how tariffs harm U.S. companies and American workers across the economy, greatly limiting market opportunities in China for U.S. manufacturers, service providers, content creators, and small businesses.

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