AISI Urges U.S. Treasury Secretary Geithner and USTR Kirk to Press China Currency Concerns at WTO Seminar

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For Immediate Release
March 12, 2012

Washington, D.C. – In a letter focused on China currency concerns sent to Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and United States Trade Representative (USTR) Ron Kirk, the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) urged the United States to more aggressively pressure China for currency reform during the March 27-28 World Trade Organization (WTO) seminar in Geneva that will focus on the role of exchange rate practices in international trade. 

The seminar, hosted by the WTO Working Group on Trade, Debt and Finance, will provide “another major opportunity for the U.S. and other concerned governments to press China to end its large and sustained interventions in foreign exchange markets, interventions that have made the Chinese currency the most severely undervalued major currency in the world,” the letter stated.  AISI urges “the U.S. and other concerned governments to take full advantage of the opportunity created by the WTO seminar to increase the pressure on China to end its currency undervaluation policies.” 

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