Congressman Bill Pascrell

Representing the 9th District of NEW JERSEY

Pascrell Statement on Meeting with Chinese Vice Premier Liu He

May 16, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC Today, Representative Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-09), the Ranking Member of the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Trade, issued the following statement following his attendance in a meeting between members of the Ways and Means Committee and a delegation from the Chinese government headed by Chinese Vice Premier Liu He.

“I welcomed the opportunity to meet with Chinese Vice Premier Liu He. I told the Chinese delegation that while I may not always support this Administration’s tactics or rhetoric, I fully agree that China’s overcapacity in steel and aluminum and mistreatment of U.S. technology and IP have created a crisis. Their cheating has hurt U.S. businesses and workers. We need real change, not just ‘happy talk,’ from China. The Vice Premier heard our concerns and seemed open to working toward a solution. I plan to hold them to it,” said Rep. Pascrell.

Rep. Pascrell has been a strong critic of China’s flouting the rules of the international economy which have hurt American workers, businesses, and consumers. In an op-ed published this month in the Bergen Record he discussed his support of tariffs under certain conditions in order to stop China’s destructive practices.