Skip to comments.Obama Treasury Dept. declares China is not manipulating currency (Schumer ticked off)
Posted on 11/27/2012 4:50:35 PM PST by Libloather
Obama Treasury Dept. declares China is not manipulating currency
By Vicki Needham - 11/27/12 05:11 PM ET
The Obama administration is coming under criticism from Sen. Charles Schumer for declaring that China is not a currency manipulator.
Following Tuesday's release of a report that again finds China is not keeping the value of its currency artificially low to cut the price of its exports to the United States, Schumer criticized the administration for avoiding penalties against China.
"This report all but admits Chinas currency is being manipulated, but stops short of saying so explicitly," Schumer, a close ally of Obama's, said in a statement.
"The formal designation matters because there can be no penalties without it. Its time for the Obama administration to rip off the band-aid, and force China to play by the same rules as all other countries."
The timing of Tuesday's report was also notable because of the role China and trade played in the presidential election.
Treasury's report was supposed to come out in October but was delayed until after Election Day. Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney had sought to make China an issue in the race, criticizing Obama for not finding China manipulated its currency. He said he'd declare China a currency manipulator on his first day in office.
It its semi-annual report, Treasury found that while the Chinese currency remains undervalued, China has taken steps to reduce the level of official intervention in currency markets. The report concluded that China did not meet the standard necessary for Treasury to label it as a currency manipulator.
Treasury Departments under Obama and President George W. Bush have repeatedly found that China is not manipulating its currency to win a trade advantage.
Treasury did find that China's yuan "remains significantly undervalued" and further appreciation against the dollar and other currencies is "warranted."
From June 2010 through early November 2012, the yuan has appreciated by 9.3 percent against the dollar and 12.6 percent on a inflation-adjusted basis.
"Chinese authorities acknowledge the need for continued exchange rate reform, and have reaffirmed their commitment to move more rapidly toward a market-determined exchange rate," the report said.
More than a year ago, the Senate passed a currency manipulation bill that would punish China with higher tariffs for not allowing the yuan to appreciate at a faster rate. The House hasn't moved on the bill. Obama has argued for increasing the dialogue with Chinese officials and continuing to press for changes, which he said has worked in the past few years.
Business groups have opposed any labeling of China as a currency manipulator, arguing it could lead to a wider economic war. They applauded Tuesday's decision.
"The Treasury Department once again made the right call on China's currency policy in its report to Congress," U.S.-China Business Council President John Frisbie in a statement.
"Labeling China a currency manipulator would do little to help us reach the goal of a fully convertible currency and market-driven exchange rate for China."
Frisbie argued that the 'manipulator' label would only trigger negotiations, which the Treasury Department has been actively engaged in for some time with China.
"The upshot is that the exchange rate has little to do with the U.S. trade balance or employment, as we have said for some time," he said.
"We need to move on to more important issues with China, such as removing market access barriers and improving intellectual property protection.
yes it is because of the election , no it’s not because I won
I’m curious to know how the administration could possibly know this, given their history of knowing nothing when the SHTF.
Just another consequence.
China’s stats are probably all fake
“Treasury’s report was supposed to come out in October but was delayed until after Election Day.”
This just shows that the Obama administration is full of manipulating SOB’s!
Weird....because Chuck Schumer is the one acting somewhat like a Conservative here....while your GOP Free Trader Commie Globalists who blindly support Free Trade with Communist China will applaud Obama for appeasing (again) the Communist China
GOP Free Trader Communists claim they hate Obama...but he has done everything to satisfy their wants.
Gotta take your side.
Brace yourself, but stand your ground and keep with it.
We’re a minority now, but at a 16 trillion deficit and growing, that won’t continue.
Either we can do this on our terms, or wait a bit until it all falls apart and do it on everyone else’s.
I prefer we fix this first.
Why didn’t he simply declare “World Peace”?
But our US dollar isn’t pegged high at all for our country with such a huge manufacturing base and big exports. [Little irony and sarcasm there. Third-world agricultural economies without much manufacturing have cheap currencies sooner or later.]
Duh, is this called “Chinese Flexibility?”
Slimeball Chuckie is going to run for president.
somebody more enterprising than I needs to comile a list of ll of the shoes that have dropped since the election.