Beijing calls for fair play as U.S. faces pressure to block Chinese auto imports

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29th February 2024 – (Beijing) The Chinese Ministry of Commerce (MOC) has issued a call for the United States to foster fair competition within the automotive sector. This statement comes in the wake of a proposal by the Alliance for American Manufacturing that urged the U.S. to consider blocking the import of economically priced Chinese automobiles, particularly those coming from Mexico.

Addressing the press on Thursday, MOC spokesperson He Yadong underscored China’s desire for the U.S. to adhere to the principles of a market economy and to uphold fair competition standards. This appeal is a direct response to the protectionist sentiment gaining traction in the United States, which could see Chinese automotive imports being curtailed.

“Chinese vehicles have garnered a global reputation, not on the back of undercutting prices or engaging in dumping, but through technological advancements and exceptional quality that stem from intense market competition,” He asserted.

In a candid remark, the spokesperson highlighted that the U.S. has, in recent years, erected numerous trade barriers that have significantly impeded the entry of Chinese automobiles into the American market. These barriers range from tariff imposition, restrictions on participation in government procurement processes, to discriminatory subsidy policies.

He contrasted these practices with China’s approach, pointing out that China has consistently welcomed international automobile manufacturers. He noted that American automotive firms have significantly benefited from the expansive and lucrative Chinese market.

“The sales figures speak for themselves: American brand automobiles enjoy far greater sales in China than Chinese brands do in the U.S.,” He stated, underscoring the imbalance in automotive trade between the two countries.

The spokesperson further criticized the U.S. for adopting trade protectionism, politicizing economic and trade issues, and erecting barriers that obstruct fair competition. He warned that such measures not only present immediate challenges to Chinese automakers but could also, in the long term, be detrimental to the development of the U.S. auto industry itself.

The MOC’s comments come at a time of heightened trade tensions between the two economic powerhouses and reflect a broader concern over the potential escalation of protectionist policies. The call for equitable treatment in the auto industry underscores the complexities of trade relations and the importance of maintaining open markets in an increasingly interconnected global economy.