May 13, 2019

WASHINGTON – ITI, the global voice of the tech sector, released the following statement reacting to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative’s announcement of proposed tariffs on List 4, the remaining $300 billion in Chinese goods.

The tariffs, which would fall on numerous tech products and components, such as cameras, televisions, headphones, copy and printing machines, speakers, and telephones, will have a significant negative impact across sectors, including tech.

“The escalation of this trade dispute moves both the U.S. and China further from a resolution,” said Naomi Wilson, ITI’s Senior Director of Policy for Asia. “The tariffs in force have already hurt consumers, rattled supply chains for U.S. manufacturers and businesses, and created uncertainty across economies. Additional tariffs threaten to needlessly escalate this conflict and diminish the prospects for addressing longstanding trade issues with China. We agree that President Trump should be tough on China, but adding more tariffs is counterproductive. We urge President Trump and President Xi to engage directly to get negotiations back on track before more damage is done.”

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