Goose, Gander? - Tire Review Magazine

Goose, Gander?

Bynow you have read and/or heard nearly every angle on the China TireCrisis, or as the USW now calls it: We didn’t know it was going to getthis far out of hand.

Just a few months ago, the USW issued anews release headlined: China’s Export Quotas, Taxes are Illegal TradeBarriers That Hurt U.S. Manufacturing Workers.

The gist of therelease is that the U.S. and European Union were challenging exportrestrictions imposed by China on certain minerals used in steelmaking.Siding with the U.S. and EU, the USW contended that it was unfair forthe Chinese to arbitrarily place quotas on how much coke and zinc andfluorspar could be exported from China each year.

Now I cannotargue one way or another on this subject; I simply don’t know enoughabout it all. But the always-quotable USW president Leo Gerard was atfull glory in this news release:

"China should have removedthese trade barriers years ago as violations of WTO commitments thathurt our workers across a number of manufacturing industries. Chinamust stop destroying our family-supportive jobs by tilting the playingfield in their favor."

Gee, I didn’t know that the People’sRepublic owed us a thing. Seems like in Leo’s world, everyone owes theU.S. their undying loyalty.

And then he added: "China engages in a wide variety of protectionist, predatory and unfair trade practices.”

Yeah,kinda like the protectionist, predatory and unfair tariff scheme theUSW supports that would virtually wipe Chinese passenger tires off theU.S. map.

If you have comments to share, send to me at [email protected].

– Jim Smith

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