Barshefsky: In Defense Of Clinton's Trade Record

Contrary to Robert Kuttner's assertion ("How Clinton's trade policy hamstrings America," Economic Viewpoint, Dec. 30), President Clinton's policy consistently reflects a strong vision to sustain U.S. economic competitiveness and American jobs in the 21st century--and a solid record of tough market-opening actions.

Overall, U.S. exports to Japan are up 35%. Worldwide, the Administration has negotiated more than 200 market-opening trade agreements, and U.S. exports are up 35% over the past four years, at record levels.

At President Clinton's direction, the U.S. has led the world in setting tougher standards for trade with China. In 1995 and 1996, the Clinton Administration moved unilaterally to combat intellectual-property piracy in China.

The President also led the international community to put new enforcement powers in the World Trade Organization to ensure that all nations abide by the same rules and standards.

The President's record has demonstrated exactly the right measure of U.S. leadership in opening global markets and preparing for the challenges of the 21st century economy.

Charlene Barshefsky

U.S. Trade Representative Designate

Washington

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