12.13.19

Senator David Perdue Comments On Breakthrough In U.S.-China Trade Negotiations

“This Phase One agreement is a critical first step that will help American workers, farmers, and businesses gain equal access.”

ATLANTA, GA – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA) applauds President Trump and President Xi’s approval of a Phase One trade deal, which includes structural changes that will improve the U.S.-China trade relationship:  

“President Trump is the first U.S. president to actually stand up and fight for a level playing field around the world. This breakthrough in negotiations shows that President Trump’s trade strategy, led by Ambassador Lighthizer and Secretary Mnuchin, is clearly producing positive results. The Phase One agreement is a critical first step that will help American workers, farmers, and businesses gain equal access to Chinese markets and will keep up momentum as further negotiations continue.

“While Senator Steve Daines and I are not involved in the negotiating process, on a recent trip to Beijing, we made it clear to Vice Premier Liu He and his team that President Trump has strong bipartisan support in Congress for his Administration’s trade positions. We emphasized that we support the incremental approach that has led to this first phase agreement. I congratulate negotiators and leadership in both the U.S. and China on this breakthrough. While there is much left to do, this is a very encouraging first step in rebalancing our trade relationship with China.”

Background:

  • In September, Senator Perdue traveled to Beijing, along with U.S. Senator Steve Daines (R-MT), for a series of high-level meetings with senior government officials concerning trade negotiations. Click here for photos.  
  • In October, Senator Perdue wrote an op-ed explaining how a China trade agreement is crucial to avoiding the next Cold War.
  • This December, Senator Perdue delivered keynote remarks at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) fourth annual ChinaPower Conference about ongoing trade negotiations and the implications of China’s growing power.

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When Senator Perdue was elected, he was the only Fortune 500 CEO in Congress. He is serving his first term in the United States Senate, where he represents Georgia on the Armed Services, Banking, Budget, and Agriculture Committees.