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Moreover, since the charter represents the agreement of representatives of 54 nations and is designed as a means of helping them to trade harmoniously with each other, it is not written exactly as the United States, or any other one nation, would have written it. The framers of the charter knew that economic difficulties and differences in national systems and points of view could not be legislated out of exist


The meaning of the charter is, therefore, not in any automatic guaranty of quick and complete results. It is rather in the fact that it represents agreement on objectives, that, by accepting it, members will agree to take many steps now possible to put those objectives into effect, and that it provides the means for members to take further steps along the right road.

The questions we must ask of the charter are whether it will improve today's trading conditions, whether it sets us in the right direction, and whether we and the world will be better off with it than without it.

I am persuaded that the reopening of the channels of international trade is basic to the building of a prosperous and peaceful world. I am convinced that reopening of the channels of international trade can only be accomplished by cooperative action among a large number of countries. Wide international agreement upon the rules which the charter embodies and wide membership in the Organization which it would establish can make a material contribution to the expansion of international trade. This action obviously cannot be effective without the active participation and support of the United States.

As I said at the opening of my statement, we are the leading exponent of multilateralism, free competition, and private enterprise in the world today. We believe that private enterprise has more to contribute to the world than any other economic system. Therefore, our consistent policy is to put our full energies behind any international effort which can help to create conditions in the world in which the private trader can buy and sell where he pleases and where he thinks it will be to his best advantage.

The ITO is conceived in this central philosophy. It is essentially a limitation upon the exercise by governments of their power to restrict and control trade. It would not abolish all interferences. Of course not. But it would abolish many, reduce others, and limit still others to precisely defined areas. And thereby it can provide a greater opportunity for the private trader.

Other countries are now waiting to see whether the United States accepts or rejects the charter. The choice, therefore, which the Congress is about to make is not only whether the United States will accept membership in the International Trade Organization, but whether there will be an International Trade Organization.

We are engaged in a great cooperative effort with other countries to raise standards of living throughout the world and to achieve political stability and peace. Our effort has many facets-political, economic, financial, military. All are interrelated. Each supports the


We are also engaged in a struggle between two ways of life, two systems of thought and philosophy as different as the poles are wide apart. Millions of people are watching this struggle to see which

system and way of life will work the best and do the most to provide a decent life for the individual. To the extent that we can work effectively with other nations of like mind to make our system work, our hand will be strengthened in that struggle. An effective cooperative mechanism in the basic field of trade can immeasurably strengthen us and other freedom-loving nations in our effort to establish the kind of world order in which we can live in peace and pursue our way of life without fear that it will be overthrown.

The ITO charter will be an effective additional means to this end which we all desire. I, therefore, urge the Congress to authorize United States acceptance of membership in the organization which this charter would establish.

Mr. CARNAHAN (presiding). We thank you Mr. Secretary.

Since our chairman, Mr. Kee, Mr. Richards, and Mr. Vorys were required to be at another meeting this morning and since the Secretary must keep another engagement, I would like at this time to present Mr. Thorp who will continue the presentation of this matter. The chairman is expected to return as soon as he gets out of the other meeting. Before making any definite arrangements I would prefer we wait until the chairman returns.

Mr. FULTON. Mr. Chairman, could we on the Republican side thank the Secretary for his statement because this is certainly one instance where the bipartisan foreign policy has been carried out at the base where it was consulted upon before the action was taken. Two members of the Republican side of the committee, Mr. Javits and myself, served as delegates of the United States under the able leadership of Mr. Will Clayton, chairman of the United States delegation at the Havana conference. I think you have given a very able statement. Secretary ACHESON. Thank you. I am indebted to you and Mr. Javits for one of the most helpful analyses of the charter that exists. I want to compliment you both on it. I will return later if the committee wishes.


Mr. THORP. I am going to supplement my statement with some charts and therefore I might want to stand up from time to time. Mr. SMITH. Are your remarks in writing?

Mr. THORP. No. I am going to speak extemporaneously.

I should like to outline briefly for the committee the importance of foreign trade in our national picture, the main types of problem which we face at the present time, and then in the light of that background talk particularly about the contribution which we feel that the ITO can make.

I am sure it does not need any chart presentation to emphasize the fact that foreign trade is an important part of our operations in the American economy.

(A chart entitled "Foreign Trade is Vital to the United States" was referred to.)


Mr. THORP. This chart indicates a series of items, which you will recognize are important items to us, which come into the United States from other countries. These which are listed here are items which by and large we have to get from other countries.

On the export side are listed a number of items in which the foreign market is a very important part of support for our own economy.

(A chart was referred to entitled "Agriculture Depends on Exports.")

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Mr. THORP. What I have just referred to can be shown in the agricultural field by showing for 1948 with respect to various agricultural commodities, the percentage of those commodities which went into foreign markets. Wheat, dried fruits, rice, cotton, lard, and tobacco are all commodities where there is very substantial dependence upon the foreign markets.

(A chart was referred to entitled "Millions of U. S. Jobs Depend on Exports.")

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Mr. THORP. On the manufacturing side we also have very important exports. We have endeavored to estimate on the basis of the statistics available the amount of jobs in the United States, in the manufacturing and service fields which relate to export trade.

I would not want to say that this figure is exact, but the chart gives a notion of the range, probably somewhere between 2 million and 2.5 million jobs in the manufacturing and service trades depending upon exports.

Mr. JUDD. Do you have there the approximate amount or value of the agricultural exports on the preceding chart, and also of the man

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