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SIIA Opposes Tariffs on Chinese Imports After Administration Announcement
WASHINGTON, D.C. (August 2, 2019) – The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), the principal association for the software, information, and digital content industries, opposes the Trump Administration’s announcement to impose a 10% tariff on roughly $300 billion worth of Chinese imports, including mobile phones, tablet computers, and printed materials.
SIIA Senior Vice President for Global Public Policy, Carl Schonander, issued the following statement:
“SIIA supports the Trump Administration’s emphasis on changing the paradigm for U.S.-Chinese economic relations since China does not provide a level playing field for our member companies and this discrepancy warrants attention. However, as we stated in our letter to USTR in September 2018 and reiterated in testimony in June 2019, SIIA strongly opposes the use of tariffs as they impose heavy costs on U.S. businesses and ultimately hurt American consumers.
"Instead, SIIA urges the Administration to work with likeminded allies to gain support for concluding a deal with China that moves China to adopt market-oriented trade and investment policies, respect its trading partners’ intellectual property, and allow fair market access for foreign firms."
SIIA is an umbrella association that represents constituencies from technology, data and media companies. Through in-person and online business development opportunities, peer networking, corporate education, intellectual property protection and government relations, SIIA provides a network of resources for its 800+ member companies that drive innovation and growth. For more information, visit www.siia.net.