A BILL seeking to deny the advantages of Most Favoured Nation (MFN) status to products from China's state-owned enterprises is expected to be put to the vote in the United States House of Representatives next week. The Bill is aimed at overturning US President Bill Clinton's decision to de-link trade from human rights issues when he renewed China's MFN status in May. The American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) in Hong Kong yesterday expressed concern that the Bill may receive support from members eager to score points with labour and human-rights groups. Should the Bill receive majority support in the house, it is likely to meet strong opposition in the Senate, according to AmCham chairman Frank Martin. ''There are concerns that members of the House of Representatives may go ahead and vote for the Bill knowing that it will be defeated in the Senate.'' By voting for the Bill, representatives would score points with various groups. Mr Martin said: ''Human rights is always a popular issue which will score points.'' While no serious consequences are expected to arise from voting on the Bill, he said there was always a risk if Representative Nancy Pelosi's United States-China Act were to become law. ''Any sanctions will be detrimental to a good US-Sino relationship, which is critical to the ability of US companies to compete and penetrate into China which is the world's fastest-growing market,'' he said. Mr Martin urged American companies to contact representatives in Washington to express opposition to the Bill. ''The Pelosi Bill would be monumentally time-consuming and costly to implement and would invite a trade war that would not be in our national interest,'' he said. In Washington, Mrs Pelosi, whose Bill has the key backing of house leader Richard Gephardt and Democrat Whip David Bonior, yesterday urged congressmen to back her next week. Mrs Pelosi said: ''Don't give a tax break to the People's Liberation Army, the same army that sent a bill to the families for the bullets used to kill their children in Tiananmen Square. If the Bill passes through the House of Representatives and receives the support of the Senate, Mr Clinton will be forced to issue a veto for the first time in his tenure. Next week, Congress will debate the Pelosi Bill, which aims to impose high tariffs on US$5 billion worth of goods made by Chinese military-linked firms. It also will debate a resolution by Gerald Solomon which would revoke China's MFN status, and a pro-China resolution proposed by Foreign Affairs Committee chairman Lee Hamilton, which backs the White House stance on the trade issue.