Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) on Monday said he will introduce new legislation this week that would cut China’s special trade privileges by revoking its permanent most favored nation status, formally known as the permanent normal trade relations (PNTR) designation, and instead revert to a prior arrangement where the communist-ruled country’s eligibility is reviewed and, potentially, approved annually. Cotton said in a post on Twitter that the move would be a step to counter the loss of American manufacturing. “China should be stripped of its permanent most-favored-nation status,” Cotton wrote in a post on Twitter on Monday. “Joe Biden voted to give the communist country the special trade status 20 years ago, supercharging the loss of American manufacturing jobs. I’m introducing legislation to end it.” Two decades ago, President Bill Clinton signed into law the U.S.-China Relations Act of 2000, which paved the way to China’s PNTR status, previously known as …
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