Highlighting China's Unfair Trade Practices

Today, I was in the Lehigh Valley to highlight Chinese policies that are hurting the businesses and employees in Pennsylvania and across the country.  I joined C.F. Martin IV, Chairman and CEO of C.F. Martin & Co, to urge greater action to stop the production of counterfeit guitars bearing the C.F. Martin & Co. logo that are being made in China.

Martin Guitar Chinese Counterfeiting

Despite repeated attempts by Martin Guitar, China continues to allow the production and sale of counterfeit guitars.  I will continue to press the Obama Administration to put pressure on China to do more to protect intellectual property for U.S. companies.  I will also continue to push for more action to target China’s currency manipulation that puts the U.S. at a competitive disadvantage.

The lack of protection on the part of the Chinese harms C.F. Martin & Co. and is indicative of the experiences of countless other firms. The sale of counterfeit, low-quality merchandise hurts Pennsylvania companies and workers.

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