China trade relations showdown spurs vocal PR, lobbying efforts

WASHINGTON, DC: The showdown in the House of Representatives over whether the US should establish permanent normal trade relations with China is fast approaching, and PR pros and lobbyists are leading the charge for both pro- and anti-China efforts.

WASHINGTON, DC: The showdown in the House of Representatives over whether the US should establish permanent normal trade relations with China is fast approaching, and PR pros and lobbyists are leading the charge for both pro- and anti-China efforts.

WASHINGTON, DC: The showdown in the House of Representatives over

whether the US should establish permanent normal trade relations with

China is fast approaching, and PR pros and lobbyists are leading the

charge for both pro- and anti-China efforts.



’This will be a fight to the bitter end,’ said US Chamber of Commerce

managing director for Asia policy Myron Brilliant. The Chamber has been

concentrating its resources (’millions’ is the estimate given by the

Chamber on its spending) and PR activities on 60 swing districts. The

vote on the Permanent Normal Trade Relations bill (PNTR) is expected to

take place during the week of May 22.



Proponents of establishing permanent ties to China include business

organizations, who contend that normalizing trade relations will nudge

forward the democratization process. Opposition to the proposal is being

led by labor unions and elements of the religious community, which cite

the country’s record of human-rights abuses.



Awareness of the China trade issue will likely increase this week when a

report emphasizing how small businesses stand to benefit from better

trade relations is released. Additionally, a rally will be held on

Capitol Hill featuring small-business representatives and governors

supporting the PNTR bill.



United Steelworkers director of public affairs Gary Hubbard said his

union opposes the proposed legislation because it provides no real

safeguards to Chinese workers. Additionally, the Coalition to Stop PNTR

(to which the United Steelworkers belong) plans to hold a rally outside

the Chinese Embassy in Washington this week to call attention to the

conditions under which Chinese workers toil.



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