Washington Update

March 1st, 2019
By Angela Deng
Tariff hike suspended; Lighthizer discusses progress made in trade talks Bill introduced to set up a tariff exclusion process for the $200 billion list Canada to decide on extradition case, US continues to spread warnings about Huawei US wins WTO case against China on agricultural subsidies

Tariff hike suspended; Lighthizer discusses progress made in trade talks

In a Federal Register Notice released this week, the Office of US Trade Representative (USTR) formally...

January 25th, 2019
By Angela Deng

Liu He will visit the United States next week despite confusion about preparatory meeting

Chinese Vice Premier Liu He will meet with US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin next week from January 30 to 31, continuing the negotiations that began at the mid-level meetings from January 7 to 9. The high-level meeting will proceed according to plan despite reports that preparatory meetings were cancelled for this week. Few details are known about...

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...

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 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...

July 13th, 2018
By Angela Deng

United States argues WTO insufficient to address concerns about China’s trade policies

At the seventh review of China’s trade policies at the World Trade Organization (WTO) -- part of a regular process for all WTO members -- US Ambassador Dennis Shea stated that while China’s unfair and distortive trade practices needed a “reckoning”, the WTO rules are insufficient to deal with China’s state-led policies and any negotiation to change WTO rules would take too long. “The best solution...

May 7th, 2018
Meg Kelly

US, China end trade talks; next steps uncertain

US-China trade discussions this week have wrapped up, with no formal announcements yet but leaked negotiating documents from both sides. The US delegation, led by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, came with a long list of asks covering the trade deficit, investment restrictions, intellectual property theft, and subsidies among other issues. The White House issued a statement this afternoon saying that the US delegation would brief...

January 8th, 2018
By USCBC Staff

Washington returns today for its first full work week of the new year, with many pending actions that could impact US-China trade relations. Some key dates to keep in mind for the coming weeks:

Recommendations by the Commerce department on steel and aluminum imports, related to national security concerns (known as Section 232 investigations, referring to a section under US trade law), are due on January 15 and 22 respectively, starting the clock for the president to make a decision on...