American Manufacturing Needs an Updated High Tech Trade Agreement

While the Information Technology Agreement (ITA) has played a critical role in promoting IT trade and investment, which in turn has boosted productivity, increased employment, and accelerated U.S. industrial growth, the product scope needs to be expanded. With negotiations on a revised agreement currently stalled—due primarily to reticence from Chinese negotiators to conclude a comprehensive expansion—the U.S. manufacturing community should lend its voice to amplifying calls to complete a robust agreement.