U.S. senators are urging the Bush administration to heighten pressure on China to make it easier for Harley-Davidson to conduct business there, news agency Reuters has reported.
“The Chinese market should be a hog heaven for U.S. motorcycle companies, but China’s unfair trade practices are slamming the brakes on Harley sales,” said Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.).
“Fair trade must be a two-way street,” said Sen. Robert Casey (D-Pa.). “China’s roadblock to Harley-Davidson is unacceptable. There will always be a demand for a classic like Harley-Davidson motorcycles, but artificial barriers are threatening U.S. jobs.”
Fellow Democratic Senators Herb Kohl of Wisconsin and Claire McCaskill of Missouri joined Schumer and Casey in urging U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab and Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez to press China on municipal regulations that limit or even ban heavy-duty motorcycle use in urban areas.