USA*ENGAGE Endorses White House SupportUSA*ENGAGE Endorses White House Support for China MFN

Monday, 19 May 1997

"We strongly support President Clinton's action to renew China's MFN," said Frank Kittredge, Vice Chairman of USA*ENGAGE and President of the National Foreign Trade Council. "U.S. engagement of China at all levels offers the best hope of having a positive influence on its future course. USA*ENGAGE supports broadened economic ties as a means of encouraging positive change in China and ensuring freedom for Hong Kong.

China is the world's biggest potential market and is the fastest growing market for U.S. goods and services. U.S. exports to China currently support over 200,000 U.S. jobs, and the Chinese market represents the most important growth market for American agriculture.

"As China's economy grows, so will the living standards of the Chinese people. Isolating China through trade sanctions would be counter productive and harmful to U.S. interests," continued Kittredge. "We look forward to working with the Administration and the Congress to achieve an unconditional one-year extension for China MFN."

USA*ENGAGE is a broad-based coalition representing 495 small and large American businesses, agriculture groups and trade associations. The organization supports American engagement overseas as the best means to promote human rights, values and American interests. Coalition members are undertaking a sustained effort to support greater overseas involvement by the United States at all levels -- political, diplomatic, economic, charitable, religious, educational and cultural -- and to seek alternatives to the use of unilateral economic sanctions.


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