Washington Update

February 11th, 2021
By USCBC Government Affairs

On Wednesday, just before the Chinese Lunar New Year, President Joe Biden spoke with Chinese President Xi Jinping for the first time since Biden took office. According to the official White House readout, Biden underscored US concerns about China’s unfair economic practices, as well as the government’s activities in Hong Kong, Tibet, and Xinjiang, and assertive behavior toward Taiwan and in the Indo-Pacific region. The leaders also discussed areas of cooperation, such as climate change and...

February 4th, 2021
By USCBC Government Affairs

The White House this week continued to emphasize a strategic approach to engaging China in coordination with allies. When pressed on the Biden administration’s China strategy on Tuesday, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki described the relationship as “multi-layered,” noting that it is a priority to engage China on climate, the economy, and security. Though President Joe Biden and his diplomatic team have continued to hold calls with foreign leaders, there is still no indication as to...

February 2nd, 2021
By USCBC Government Affairs

Congress has played an important role in developing China policy, including granting China permanent normal trade relations with the United States in 1999 in advance of China’s accession to the World Trade Organization. For several reasons, congressional interest in stewarding the United States’ approach to China has skyrocketed recently. In its two years in session, beginning in January 2019, the 116th Congress introduced an impressive 552 China-related proposals, comprised of 465 bills and...

January 28th, 2021
By USCBC Government Affairs

The Biden administration this week affirmed its intention to hold China accountable on several fronts, making clear it would do so strategically and in coordination with allies. Strengthening cooperation on areas of shared interest, including China, were topics of President Biden and his national security team’s early engagements with foreign counterparts, which included Japan, South Korea, Australia, India, Germany, France, the United Kingdom, and Canada to name a few. It is not yet clear...

March 6th, 2020
By Chynna Hawes

Export controls conversation moving forward despite Commerce personnel shake-up

The tightening of the direct product and de minimis rules, targeting Huawei, remain on the table despite a key personnel change at the Department of Commerce. On Monday, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross announced that Earl Comstock, director of policy and strategic planning, would be stepping down today. It is unclear exactly what prompted the announcement, or who will replace Comstock, but the decision has...

February 21st, 2020
By Chynna Hawes

Phase One implementation begins

US officials continued to affirm this week that no request from China to delay implementation of the Phase One trade deal had been received, and that it was on track despite concerns about COVID-19. In a move that could pave the way for the increased purchases outlined in the expanding trade chapter of the deal, including agricultural products, China announced a new list of products that will be eligible for tariff exclusions. Yesterday, the United...

January 31st, 2020
By Chynna Hawes
Phase One implementation still unclear

Several questions remain about the implementation of the Phase One trade agreement due to come into force on February 14. With little information from US or Chinese officials as to whether tariffs on various goods will be rolled back, there are doubts over the prospects of purchase commitments being met, and questions about the timeframe. Prospects for “phase two” negotiations are also unclear. In conversations with the US-China Business Council,...

January 10th, 2020
By Chynna Hawes

Chinese delegation confirmed to be in DC next week for “phase one” deal signing

The Chinese government has confirmed that Vice Premier Liu He and a vice-ministerial delegation of Chinese officials will travel to Washington next week from January 13 to 15 to sign the “phase one” trade deal with the United States. The delegation will arrive on Monday, January 13, meet with academics and think tanks on Tuesday, and participate in what is expected to be a large signing ceremony at the...

November 22nd, 2019
By Chynna Hawes

Deal this year on shaky ground 

Progress toward an interim trade deal between the United States and China remained uncertain this week. While a few goodwill gestures were seen this week—including a grand farewell for Bei Bei, a giant panda and favorite of the DC National Zoo who returned to China as part of the panda breeding program—uncertainty continues to mount. The target closing date for an agreement has now shifted to December 15, when the next round of US tariffs are set to be...

October 11th, 2019
By Chynna Hawes
Trump to meet Chief Chinese negotiator Liu He today, mini-deal may be in sight Commerce blacklists more Chinese entities and State issues visa ban ahead of talks NBA-China crisis underlines core concern of US policymakers Members discuss WTO dispute settlement and China looks to ensure network equipment trade 

Trump to meet Chief Chinese negotiator Liu He today, mini-deal may be in sight

After a week of developments that threatened to derail high-level talks, President Trump is...