SIIA Welcomes U.S.-China Deal and Emphasizes Importance of Structural Change

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SIIA Welcomes U.S.-China Deal and Emphasizes Importance of Structural Change

WASHINGTON, D.C. (January 15, 2020) – The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), the principal association for the software, information, and digital content industries, today welcomed the signing of the Phase 1 trade deal between the United States and China.

SIIA SVP for Global Public Policy, Carl Schonander, issued the following statement:

“SIIA welcomes the Phase 1 agreement, especially the protection for intellectual property and ban on forced technology transfers. It will be crucial to monitor Chinese compliance with those provisions. Additional work on structural issues is critical to achieve a Phase 2 agreement. Besides effective rules on intellectual property and forced technology transfer, it is important to achieve reciprocal market access, cross-border data flows, and withdrawal of market-distorting subsidies. The United States can obtain more change by assembling a coalition to address unacceptable Chinese commercial practices. The January 14, 2020 U.S.-EU-Japan Joint Statement regarding strengthening WTO rules on industrial subsidies is an example of diplomacy the United States should pursue to change Chinese behavior.”

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