Washington Update

December 17th, 2018

Initial actions announced on US-China trade issues, though much work remains

The United States and China this week took initial steps to reduce tensions in bilateral trade.

On Monday evening, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, and Vice Premier Liu He spoke by phone. A brief statement released by the Ministry of Commerce said that “both sides exchanged their views on the timetable and roadmap for pushing...

December 7th, 2018
By Angela Deng

Details about the agreement and future trade talks still unclear after Trump-Xi meeting

Limited details have emerged about the agreement that Presidents Trump and Xi reached at their working dinner after the G20 summit this past weekend, creating ambiguity about what the goals and agenda of the trade talks for the next 90 days will be.

Trump confirmed this week that the US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer will be leading the trade negotiations and will also be working...

November 16th, 2018
Angela Deng, Manager, Government Affairs

China sends a proposal on trade issues to the United States

China tabled a proposal to the United States on Monday that specifies a list of concessions that China is willing to make to address US concerns on bilateral trade issues. USCBC sources reveal that China sent the proposal to the US Department of the Treasury.

Reportedly, China’s proposal categorizes the US list of 142 demands into three parts: items that China is working on, issues that China is willing to continue...

November 5th, 2018
By Angela Deng

Internal work begins on US trade priorities for Trump-Xi meeting at G20

According to news reports, President Donald Trump’s phone call with President Xi Jinping on Thursday has prompted the administration to initiate an internal process of identifying potential terms of an agreement to address US trade concerns when the presidents meet after the G20 summit on December 1. The meeting was rescheduled from November 29 to upgrade it from discussions on the sidelines of the G20 to a “...

October 29th, 2018
By Angela Deng

USCBC: China should move first to resolve the US-China trade tensions

The trade tensions between the United States and China are likely to escalate again unless China articulates the list of structural reforms that it is willing to undertake to address the US concerns, US-China Business Council President Craig Allen told reporters yesterday. 

USCBC sources indicate that the probability is currently 75 percent that the United States will increase the 10 percent tariff rate to...

October 22nd, 2018
Angela Deng, Manager, Government Affairs

Treasury strongly criticizes China but withholds from calling it a currency manipulator

In its semiannual report on other countries’ foreign exchange practices, the US Department of the Treasury maintained China on its currency monitoring list, but again refrained from labeling China a currency manipulator.

The findings of Treasury’s new report on China are the same as those of Treasury’s previous report in April. Like its previous report, Treasury placed China on its...

October 12th, 2018
By Angela Deng

Treasury expands review of foreign investment in US “critical technology” through pilot program

On Wednesday, the Department of the Treasury announced the launch of a pilot program to implement a key provision of the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act (FIRRMA) focusing on acquisitions of critical technologies.

The pilot program will “assess and address” the risks to US national security stemming from foreign investors’ efforts to obtain US critical technologies...

October 5th, 2018
By Angela Deng

Vice President Pence warns of China’s aggression against the United States

In a speech at The Hudson Institute on Thursday, Vice President Mike Pence asserted that China is applying a “whole-of-government approach,” consisting of propaganda and economic, military, and political “tools,” to expand its “influence” and “interests” in the United States. In the face of China’s aggression, Pence vowed that the United States “will not stand down.”

On China’s “economic tools,” Pence...

September 28th, 2018

US-China trade tensions escalate as tariffs and trade rhetoric intensify

Section 301 tariffs

The United States and China officially imposed additional tariffs on each other’s products on Monday. The United Statesimplemented an additional tariff rate of 10 percent on $200 billion of Chinese imports, which will be raised to 25 percent by the beginning of next year. China retaliated with tariff rates of 5 and 10 percent on $60 billion of US imports.

Together with the...

September 21st, 2018
By Angela Deng

The United States and China to impose additional tariffs next week

Trade tensions between the United States and China rose this week when both countries announced their decisions to start imposing additional tariffs on each other’s goods on September 24. The United States will implement a additional tariff rate of 10 percent on $200 billion of Chinese imports, which will be raised to 25 percent at the beginning of next year. In retaliation, China will impose additional tariffs of 5 or...

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