Washington — The White House has announced it will implement a 25-percent tariff on $50 billion in Chinese goods in a move that has already sparked retaliation. The final scope of affected goods could change in the coming weeks, but industries have expressed concern that the tariffs will ultimately backfire.

The Computer & Communications Industry Association has criticized China’s discriminatory practices that are the focus of USTR’s Section 301 investigation in regulatory filings and has also testified in Senate hearings about China’s internet censorship as a trade barrier. However, CCIA has signed on to industry letters (here and here) opposing tariffs as the response to China’s actions.

The following can be attributed to CCIA President & CEO Ed Black:

“These tariffs may be aimed at China, but they will result in collateral damage that targets US companies and consumers.

“We have argued for the need to address trade barriers to US tech products and services and also expressed concern about China’s forced technology transfer and other discriminatory practices. But these tariffs will not fix those problems, and would instead create other complications and invite retaliation from China.”

“US exporters face real barriers in the Chinese market, but the Administration’s tariffs are not the solution.”

For media inquiries, please contact Heather Greenfield hgreenfield@ccianet.org

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