The Obama administration will file a case with the World Trade Organization against China, the 13th case filed against the country in an effort to level the playing field for American businesses, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden announced Wednesday in San Diego.
The Vice President spoke at the Port of San Diego about removing trade barriers and increase export opportunities worth billions of dollars to American workers, farmers, and businesses.
Raw materials like graphite and cobalt, used by manufacturers like San Diego-based Qualcomm, Inc., are taxed before export by China.
That drives up the cost for the buyers in other countries and puts American countries at a disadvantage, Biden said.
“Any business owner will tell you it’s tough to compete when you’re paying 20 percent more for raw materials,” he said.
With San Diego Bay as a backdrop, Biden also commented on the beautiful weather enjoyed by San Diegans.
“When I die I want to be reborn here,” he said.