Chinese subsidies may be the root of all evil

Posted on August 21, 2014

If China is backing its tire exporters with large subsidies, should we fight fire with fire by implementing tariffs?

The United Steelworkers union thinks so. Most tire manufacturers, although quiet on the issue, think so. At least one domestic tire distributor thinks so.

And the United States International Trade Commission is close to agreeing with them.

Modern Tire Dealer Editor Bob Ulrich is not so sure. Recent events have made the issue confusing, at least in his mind.

What may be turning him around on the subject? To find out, check out his latest blog, "Are tire subsidies from the Chinese government the root of all evil?"

Are you pro- or anti-tariff? Are subsidies the key to the pricing problem? Read the blog, then let us know what you think by leaving a comment!

Related Topics: B.O.B., Chinese imports, Tire tariffs

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Bob Ulrich was named Modern Tire Dealer editor in August 2000. He joined the magazine in 1985 as assistant editor, and has been responsible for gathering statistical information for MTD's "Facts Issue" since 1993.
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