The House Armed Services Committee has just approved Rep. Mark Green’sproposal to ban the sale of Chinese-made products in military exchanges and commissaries. Some military resale experts cannot help but worry about its negative effects, especially on exchanges.

HASC Passed the Amendment

Last week, the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) passed the NDAA amendment of Rep. Green that would remove made-in-China products from military post exchanges. In a statement, he said,

The Chinese Communist Party believes they can steal our military technology without consequence. We need to show them that isn’t the case. There are consequences to their actions. We must show the CCP that it cannot continue to take advantage of our good faith. Removing Chinese products from our military exchanges is just one step we can take to tighten the bottleneck of American dollars ending up in the pockets of CCP officials.

Congressman Mark Green. (Congressman Mark Green/Facebook)

Green’s proposal would remove and ban all goods manufactured, assembled, or imported from China in the US military post exchanges or commissaries.

We cannot in good conscious continue to sell products on military bases made by slave labor and benefiting the authoritarian regime of the CCP.

Green said in the introduction of his amendment. He believes that America is self-sufficient in terms of providing enough supplies for the military posts. He also does not want the American taxpayers to “foot the bill for Chinese goods that only benefits the fake capitalist economy propagated by the Chinese Communist Party.” 

Opposing the Amendment

The amendment was passed in a bipartisan vote. The Chairman of the Committee, Adam Smith of Washington, District 9, was one of those who opposed it, remarking that it was “unworkable.”

I understand the sentiment behind this, but it is very unworkable. There is simply no way that we can not sell anything that is made in China. We buy a lot of stuff from China. There is no way you can stop it and turn that off. Also, it is a clear violation of the WTO to ban the sale of these products. China and the U.S. economies are very co-dependent. We have to recognize that.