US trade group sees 858,000 US jobs supported by exports to China-Xinhua
US trade group sees 858,000 US jobs supported by exports to China-Xinhua

US trade group sees 858,000 US jobs supported by exports to China-Xinhua

US-China Business Council (USCBC) President Craig Allen speaks at a news conference in Washington, DC, USA, on February 13, 2020. (Xinhua / Liu Jie)

“I think an interesting question to ask ourselves is, what if there was no trade war? What if there were no trade tariffs?” says Craig Allen, noting that without further tariffs, US exports to China would be much higher than they are at present.

WASHINGTON, April 7 (Xinhua) – All 50 U.S. states exported goods and services to China and benefited from the 858,000 male U.S. jobs supported by those exports, according to a report released Tuesday by the U.S.-China Business Council (USCBC) .

U.S. merchandise exports to China rose 21 percent last year to a record $ 149 billion, the report showed. The bump in commodity exports was “welcome news,” especially in rural states, where Chinese buyers scooped soybeans, corn, sorghum, pork and other agricultural commodities, the group said in a statement.

Other sectors that saw significant exports last year include oil and gas, semiconductors and pharmaceuticals and pharmaceuticals, said the trading group, which represents 260 companies, including some of the most iconic U.S. brands.

However, the volume of U.S. services purchased by Chinese customers fell by 33 percent in 2020, the report showed, noting that service export data reveals how “devastating” the COVID-19 pandemic has been for the travel industry and U.S. colleges and universities.

A container ship from China’s COSCO Shipping docks at a new container terminal in the port of Long Beach, California, USA, August 20, 2021. (Xinhua / Gao) Shan)

“The job numbers tell a complicated story,” said Craig Allen, president of USCBC. “While strong exports of goods strengthened jobs in many communities across the country, the collapse of the travel and service industry associated with it was so severe that the total number of U.S. jobs supported by exports to China fell from the previous year.”

Allen, who served as Assistant Secretary to Asia at the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration, and later Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for China, noted that there is a record number of China-related bills in Congress and a general U.S. political atmosphere toward China. China, which is “increasingly negative.”

“No one knows where the US-China relationship will go from here,” Allen said. “The bottom line is that exports to China are helping a number of industries across the United States remain profitable and competitive.”

“They also support U.S. jobs, from the tourism industry, to farmers and ranchers in Iowa, to chipmakers in Oregon, and to innovative drugmakers in North Carolina,” he added.

While frustrated by the Biden administration’s trade policy, which focuses on defense rather than opportunity, Allen said at a virtual press briefing on Tuesday that he finds it rather “strange” that exports from both China and the US “have increased quite sharply” in 2021 despite the additional tariffs still in place.

CMA CGM Marco Polo container ship sails in New York Harbor, USA, May 20, 2021. (Photo by Michael Nagle / Xinhua)

“I think an interesting question to ask ourselves is, what if there was no trade war? What if there were no trade tariffs?” Allen said, adding that without additional tariffs, U.S. exports to China would be much higher than they are at present.

In a recent virtual interview with Xinhua, Allen said he is pleased that the Office of the US Trade Representative is reviewing the additional tariffs of over $ 300 billion worth of Chinese imports imposed by the Trump administration.

“We have consistently called for tariff exclusions, tariff reductions with a path to possible elimination of tariffs,” Allen said, noting that both the U.S. government and the Chinese government have a role to play.

The U.S. business leader said he was concerned that the additional tariffs imposed by the Trump administration would become permanent.

“Permanent tariffs will permanently distort economic relations between the United States and China and will lead to even more bilateral tensions,” Allen told Xinhua. “There are already so many tensions at the ideological level, at the geopolitical level, at the technological level. We really do not want endless economic distortions.”

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