BIO Statement on the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement

Saturday, 06 Oct, 2018

In prepared remarks for an appearance Thursday at the Hudson Institute, Pence says China is using its power in "more proactive and coercive ways to interfere in the domestic policies and politics of the United States".

"The report that China sought to infiltrate the computer chip supply chain, if true, is deeply disturbing and the latest example of the lengths that Beijing will go to in order to steal America's official and commercial secrets", Representative Adam Schiff of California, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said in a statement.

President Trump raised eyebrows by declaring last week, without offering evidence, that China was meddling in the midterms.

Pence accused China of "a whole-of-government approach" to sway American public opinion, including spies, tariffs, coercive measures and a propaganda campaign.

Graham Lloyd, general manager and CEO of Dairy Farmers of Ontario, discusses how the U.S. -Mexico-Canada trade deal could hurt the Canadian dairy industry.

He cited a Chinese government-run media company's four-page supplement in the Sunday Des Moines Register of Iowa as an attempt to turn voters in that state against Trump's trade policies.

Pence pointed directly to news coming out about a burgeoning "trade war" between the United States and China.

The recently announced USMCA trade deal will allow tens of thousands of tonnes of USA dairy products on Canadian store shelves, at the expense of shelf space now given to Canadian-made items.

Officials with automotive producers in both Canada and the USA were pleased with the deal.

An example of the workings of this protection occurred in 2009, when the province of Newfoundland and Labrador expropriated the rights and assets of USA -owned AbitibiBowater.

Pence also accused China of "reckless harassment" because of an incident on Sunday in which a USA destroyer, the Decatur, traveled within 12 nautical miles of Gaven and Johnson Reefs in the Spratly Islands in the disputed South China Sea.

This is generally a much easier, less costly and more predictable process than trying to challenge a trade practice in a USA court. Canada was free to pursue deals with other countries, as it has done and is still doing. The deal he just made with Donald Trump makes it harder for that to happen.

Today, companies doing business in China often rely on government-subsidized insurance and guarantees provided by bodies such as Export Development Canada (which subsidizes 60 per cent of Canadian companies doing business in China), Overseas Private Investment Corporation in the USA or multilateral agencies such as the World Bank.

"What the Russians are doing pales in comparison to what China is doing across this country and the American people deserve to know". The democratically governed island, which China considers part of its own territory, has seen Beijing lure away several of its diplomatic partners in recent months.

He accused Beijing of "reckless harassment" in an incident on Sunday in which a Chinese naval vessel almost collided with a USA destroyer near the Spratly islands.

"Our government will continue to vigorously defend and advance Ontario's economic interests", Ford said.

"We're continuing to urge the administration to drop the metal tariffs so that Mexico will remove the tariffs on pork", said Jim Monroe, a spokesman for the National Pork Producers Council.

The PBS NewsHour will update this story as it develops.