HOUSE VOTES TO BACK CLINTON ON CHINA MFN TRADE POLICY

Byline: Joyce Barrett

WASHINGTON--The House overwhelmingly endorsed President Clinton's China policy Tuesday by rejecting attempts to deny or restrict the low tariffs granted China under its most-favored-nation trading status.
In a 280-152 vote, the House approved a bill that would write into law Clinton's May 26 announcement that China's trade benefits should be extended for another year without consideration of its human rights policies. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Lee Hamilton (D., Ind.), also urges U.S. businesses operating in China to adopt a voluntary set of principles on basic workers' rights.
Rejected in a 158-270 vote was a bill sponsored by Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) that would have denied MFN status to Chinese exports made by state- or military-owned factories. Also defeated in a 75-356 vote was a resolution by Rep. Gerald Solomon (R., N.Y.) that would have denied China MFN from July 1994 through July 1995. The National Retail Federation wrote every member of the House Tuesday expressing opposition Pelosi's and Solomon's plans.
--Fairchild News Service

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