USA*ENGAGE Applauds House China "NTR" Vote

Wednesday, 22 July 1998

"Engaging China at all levels is clearly the most effective way to promote democracy and human rights. We are gratified that such a large majority of the House of Representatives has recognized this fact," said Frank Kittredge, President of the National Foreign Trade Council and Vice Chairman of USA*ENGAGE.

The House voted to defeat efforts to deny China NTR by 264 - 166. Normal Trade Relations (formerly "Most Favored Nation") grants certain U.S. trading privileges to foreign nations that are enjoyed by virtually the entire world. Exceptions to the rule include countries such as North Korea, Iraq and Libya.

"While today's vote is very encouraging, we are still troubled by continued efforts to impose sanctions on China," Kittredge continued, noting that China is currently targeted by at least 20 separate measures in the Congress that would impose some form of unilateral economic sanction.

"Efforts to isolate China through unilateral sanctions are misguided and will only hurt U.S. foreign policy in the long run. We are hopeful that today's vote may signal a change in attitude that will benefit U.S.-China relations," he concluded.

USA*ENGAGE is a coalition of 676 small and large businesses, agriculture groups and trade associations working to seek alternatives to the proliferation of unilateral U.S. foreign policy sanctions and to promote the benefits of U.S. engagement abroad.



Contact: Eric Thomas 202/822-9491

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