Statement by the Vice President on the Passage of PNTR (9/19/00)
                              THE WHITE HOUSE

                       Office of the Vice President
For Immediate Release                              Contact: James E.
Tuesday, September 19, 2000                                 (202) 456-7035

                          ON THE PASSAGE OF PNTR

     Trade has been an important part of our economic expansion and
prosperity.  Open markets spur innovation, speed the growth of new
industries and make our businesses more competitive.  Today?s action by the
Senate will mean more good jobs for American workers and more opportunities
for American farmers and businesses.  It will also promote America?s
security because bringing China into the global trading system will help
accelerate the rule of law in that country.

     Passage of PNTR is important for our economy and our security, but it
is only part of what we must do to assure that America?s workers and
interests will fully benefit from the global economy.  We must combat
unfair trade practices abroad when they harm our working families.  We must
also be vigilant in monitoring China's record on human and worker rights,
non-proliferation, and protection of the environment.


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