MetalMiner Managing Editor Taras Berezowsky recently sat down with Kevin Dempsey, Senior VP for public policy at the American Iron & Steel Institute. Dempsey leads the AISI public policy team representing the interests of North American steel producers and also serves as General Counsel to the Institute. Before that he was a practicing attorney who specialized in trade matters.
During his years on Capitol Hill and in the private sector, Dempsey has worked extensively on international trade negotiations, including the Doha Development Agenda and the original negotiations on the accession of China to the World Trade Organization. He also has considerable experience with U.S. and international law related to subsidies, trade remedies, market access, intellectual property rights, and product standards, as well as U.S. legislative procedures for authorizing and implementing trade agreements.
This is part two of their discussion. Read part one for more on the U.S., China, steel and trade matters. Today’s piece examines the role of international diplomacy and even the WTO.
Taras Berezowsky: If you could pick one of those big issues or pieces of control what would be the biggest one as far as AISI and the whole industry domestically is concerned about? Is there one pet issue that trickles down to everything else?
Kevin Dempsey: Well, for steel I think you have to say if you’re in the steel industry the biggest issue is Chinese state ownership and control of its steel industry.
Because that is at the heart of the distortions that we see in our sector in terms of the massive overcapacity of steel in China that is leading to huge levels of exports of Chinese steel around the world. Read more