Initiate Trade Complaints Against China

Current Status: Fulfilled

As of

"Instruct the U.S. Trade Representative to bring trade cases against China, both in this country and at the WTO. China's unfair subsidy behavior is prohibited by the terms of its entrance to the WTO."

- Position Statement

"China respects strength and by letting them take advantage of us economically, which they are doing like never before, we have lost all of their respect."

- Donald Trump foreign policy speech, April 2016

In January 2017, Trump nominated Robert Lighthizer for U.S. Trade Representative. Lighthizer has been an outspoken critic of modern trade policies with China and his nomination seemed to indicate an intent by the incoming administration to follow through on an aggressive trade policy with China.

In April 2017, Trump ordered commerce secretary Wilbur Ross to initiate a 90 day trade study to examine deficits “country by country and product by product” to assess the extent they are caused by “cheating or inappropriate behavior.” The study could be seen as a nod to evaluating trade with China specifically.

In March 2018, the US officially announced a trade complaint against China in the WTO. The action is a result of an investigation spurred by Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974, launched in August 2017.

See also: Foreign Policy, Trade