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Republican Party on Free Trade

Party Platform


Restore presidential Trade Promotion Authority

International trade is crucial for our economy. It means more American jobs, higher wages, & a better standard of living. The Free Trade Agreements negotiated with friendly democracies facilitated the creation of nearly ten million jobs supported by our exports. That record makes all the more deplorable the current Administration's slowness in completing agreements begun by its predecessor and its failure to pursue any new trade agreements with friendly nations.

We call for the restoration of presidential Trade Promotion Authority. It will ensure up or down votes in Congress on any new trade agreements, without meddling by special interests. A Republican President will complete negotiations for a Trans-Pacific Partnership to open rapidly developing Asian markets to US products. Beyond that, we envision a worldwide multilateral agreement among nations committed to the principles of open markets, what has been called a "Reagan Economic Zone," in which free trade will truly be fair trade.

Source: 2012 Republican Party Platform , Aug 27, 2012

Countervailing duties against China on intellectual property

[The] worldwide explosion of trade has had a downside, as some governments have used a variety of unfair means to limit American access to their markets while stealing our patents and technology--the "intellectual property" that drives innovation. The chief offender is China, which has built up its economy in part by piggybacking onto Western technological advances, manipulates its currency, excludes American products, subsidizes Chinese companies, and invents regulations designed to keep out foreign competition. The current Administration's way of dealing with all these violations of world trade standards has been a virtual surrender.

A Republican President will insist on full parity in trade with China and stand ready to impose countervailing duties if China fails to amend its currency policies. Commercial discrimination will be met in kind. Counterfeit goods will be aggressively kept out of the country. Victimized private firms will be encouraged to raise legal claims.

Source: 2012 Republican Party Platform , Aug 27, 2012

U.S. should position itself to dominate trade

Source: Republican Platform adopted at GOP National Convention , Aug 12, 2000

Promote free trade with America setting the standards

Republicans are confident that the worldwide trade agenda is full of promise. Tariffs should be cut further. The U.S. can back private sector efforts to streamline common standards and deregulate services. America can set the standards and be at the center of a web of trade, finance, and openness. If some nations choose to opt out, they will see how other countries accepting economic freedom will advance on their own. This is a vision of private initiative encouraged, not stifled, by governments.
Source: Republican Platform adopted at GOP National Convention , Aug 12, 2000

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