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By James A. Morrissey, Washington Correspondent

Trade Representative Cites Concerns Over China

By James A. Morrissey, Washington Correspondent

President Bush's choice as his new trade representative says he will conduct a top to bottom review of the government's trade policies with China, as he believes China does not always play by the rules. Promising to pursue an aggressive trade agenda, Rob Portman told members of the Senate Finance Committee considering his nomination he plans to consider a fresh perspective on the entire range of enforcement tools available. There was no specific mention of textile issues during the hearing except that Portman referred to the fact that the administration had self-initiated some safeguard petitions to address a surge in Chinese imports.

Portman said he plans to travel to Asia soon to deliver a strong message in person to Chinese trade officials. While Portman, a seven-term member of Congress from Ohio, was given a generally warm reception, committee members expressed their concern over the administration's failure to enforce trade agreements. Portman said it is his intention to aggressively enforce trade agreements and seek more overseas market opportunities for US goods.

April 2005