China is preparing to send more Chinese workers to work on the American construction industry.
But that isn’t stopping some Americans from asking why, given the huge numbers of workers from China in the US.
A spokesperson for the Department of Labor confirmed to Axios that the US is sending more Chinese people to work at construction sites in California, Michigan, and Wisconsin, with the US Department of Commerce telling the media that it plans to expand its workforce in the construction industry to 30,000 in 2019.
“These are people who have come here for a job and they can work for a couple of years.
They can work and pay taxes,” said Sarah Jones, a spokeswoman for the American Construction Association.
Trump is a proponent of building new factories in the country.
This week, Trump promised to build 1,000 new jobs a month for construction workers, but he is yet to provide details about what the jobs would be or how many jobs would actually be created.
Trump also announced plans for a $10 billion infrastructure project in 2019 that would include $1 trillion in infrastructure spending, but the White House said it would not include money for roads and bridges.
A US construction worker prepares for work on a wall at the entrance of a steel plant in Wuhan, Hubei province, February 21, 2021.
The Trump administration is also seeking to increase the number of Chinese workers in the United States to 20,000 by 2022, according to Reuters.
The US Chamber of Commerce is not buying the White house’s promise of more Chinese labor, which it sees as a step towards China’s dominance of the construction market.
The Chamber of Industry of America, the business group that represents Chinese construction firms, says that it supports the Trump administration’s efforts to increase construction in the USA.
But the group also warns that it could hurt US jobs and investment in the global construction sector.
“The White House is playing with fire and the Chinese construction industry is watching with bated breath,” said Peter Weisbrot, president and CEO of the Chamber.
“I think it is going to be very difficult for the US to maintain its high level of investment in China, because we would have to compete for those high-skilled workers.
The Chinese construction sector, in the long term, will be impacted by all this.”
A worker at a construction site in Shanghai, China, on March 13, 2021, the day after President Donald Trump announced his intention to open a Chinese factory to build a wall in the border city of Tijuana.Reuters