Washington Update

October 4th, 2019
By Chynna Hawes

High-level trade talks still on for next week, uncertainty is mounting

Vice Premier Liu He is still set to lead a Chinese delegation to Washington, DC, next week to continue high-level trade negotiations on October 10 and 11. Larry Kudlow, White House economic adviser, said this morning there would also be deputy-level meetings on Monday and Tuesday, and that the US team was “open-minded” about the outcome of talks next week. While both sides extended more goodwill gestures this week...

September 27th, 2019
By Chynna Hawes

Long way from deal as China and US move toward October talks 

Top US and Chinese trade negotiators are preparing to continue talks the week of October 7, likely from October 10 to 11, before tariff rates are expected to increase. Both sides are keen to make a deal, but are still far apart on key issues. The United States remains committed to addressing China’s structural issues and discriminatory industrial practices, reducing the trade deficit, and ensuring that the deal is...

September 20th, 2019
By Chynna Hawes

Deputy-level meetings in DC have concluded, no news on October meeting date

The US and Chinese deputy trade negotiators concluded  two days of face-to-face talks today after resuming negotiations for the first time in nearly two months. Their goal was to lay the groundwork for high-level talks in early October, though an official date has not been set. Discussions this week were expected to focus on purchases of US agriculture products and other confidence building actions...

September 13th, 2019
By Chynna Hawes
Goodwill gestures pave way for October talks Huawei drops lawsuit as Commerce moves forward with proposed rules to ban certain foreign ICT Will Bolton ousting make China negotiations easier? China’s civil-military integration to come under greater scrutiny in the United States Farm bailout under consideration in initial US government funding proposal Congress to examine pharma industry supply chain security vis-à-vis China

Goodwill gestures pave way for October talks

President Trump...

September 6th, 2019
By Chynna Hawes

High-level bilateral talks to continue in early October

Chief US and Chinese negotiators agreed to hold the next round of high-level trade discussions in early October. Both sides confirmed the intention to meet next month following a phone call on Wednesday evening between US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, and Chinese Vice Premier Liu He. Chinese Commerce Minister Zhong Shan, Governor of the People's Bank of China Yi Gang, and Vice Chairman...

August 30th, 2019
By Angela Deng
China holds back after US raises tariffs, but trade talks are still uncertain G7 countries agree to make the WTO more effective at addressing China’s trade practices Presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke outlines his strategy on trade with China State Department replaces Kiron Skinner, proponent of “Clash of Civilizations”

China holds back after US raises tariffs, but trade talks are still uncertain

The Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) this week moved forward with the plan...

August 16th, 2019
By Angela Deng
US delays implementation of some tariffs, but resolution of trade dispute is still far off US puts export bans on Chinese nuclear companies US finds fault with a WTO ruling and continues to block the appointment of judges to the WTO

US delays implementation of some tariffs, but resolution of trade dispute is still far off

The United States this week backed off slightly by choosing to delay the imposition of tariffs on some consumer goods from September 1 until December 15. The...

August 9th, 2019
By Angela Deng
US takes tougher measures against China, talks in September not guaranteed Grassley continues to push for legislation to rein in the president’s authority on Section 232 tariffs

US takes tougher measures against China, talks in September not guaranteed

The new measures taken by the Trump Administration against China this week—labeling China a currency manipulator and issuing an interim executive order against Chinese technology companies—drew condemnation from China, and it is...

August 2nd, 2019
By Angela Deng
More US tariffs on the horizon, China vows to retaliate US digs in on its position on the WTO, China fights back against US WTO proposal 2020 candidates against tariffs, but divided on trade strategy

More US tariffs on the horizon, China vows to retaliate

President Trump announced on Thursday that the United States will impose a 10 percent tariff on the remaining $300 billion worth of Chinese imports on September 1, unless China follows through on supposed commitments to buy US...

July 26th, 2019
US-China talks will resume on Tuesday, United States announces more trade aid for farmers A temporary solution for the WTO is likely to fail, and the US gets a mixed ruling on a subsidy case against China

US-China talks will resume on Tuesday, United States announces more trade aid for farmers

After two phone calls over the past several weeks, the United States and China agreed to hold their first high-level trade negotiations since trade talks hit an impasse in early May. The talks...

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