WASHINGTON—On the eve of Chinese President Xi Jinping's state visit to President Trump, the Alliance for American Manufacturing urged the president to go forward with the tough trade stance he promised during his 2016 campaign.
"We urge you to deliver on your campaign promises to rebalance the one-sided trade relationship with China," AAM President Scott Paul wrote in his April 5 letter to Trump.
"When you sit down with (Xi) this week, U.S. companies and American workers will be anxiously watching to see whether you will take a new and results-oriented approach to China," Paul wrote.
Ever since China joined the World Trade Organization in 2001, U.S. trade policies have mostly undermined domestic manufacturing, according to Paul. Between 2001 and 2016, he said, the U.S. trade deficit with China has quadrupled, from $83 billion in 2001 to $347 billion in 2016.