Washington Update

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...

June 21st, 2019
By Angela Deng

Trump and Xi will meet at the G20 summit, but whether they can reach a deal is unclear

During a phone call on Tuesday, Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping agreed to meet on the sidelines of the G20 Summit, which runs from June 28 to 29 in Osaka, Japan, and to start trade talks prior to their meeting. It remains unclear if trade talks, once resumed, will lead to a trade agreement between the two countries. Meanwhile, industry groups and congressional lawmakers...

June 7th, 2019
By Angela Deng

Planning yet to begin for presidential meeting as China announces additional responses to US pressure

Despite comments by President Donald Trump this week about an anticipated meeting with President Xi Jinping, plans of a presidential meeting at the G20 in late June do not appear to be underway. USCBC sources have indicated that to date neither side has taken the usual first step of officially requesting a meeting. While time is short for preparations to be made, both governments...

May 31st, 2019
By Angela Deng

China’s rhetoric intensifies with neither side ready to return to the negotiating table

Chinese government officials this week amplified their accusations against the United States over US tariff actions and the US demands in the trade negotiations, and announced the creation of a new black list of “unreliable” entities that may be targeted in China.

Speaking to reporters on Thursday, Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Hanhui sharply criticized US unilateral trade actions...

May 17th, 2019
By Angela Deng

Next steps of US-China negotiations unclear due to US actions on Huawei

Trade talks between the United States and China appear to be on hold, with tensions exacerbated by the recent tariff escalation by both sides and actions taken by the United States on Chinese technology company Huawei. No plans have been announced on the next steps, but President Trump this week said he will meet with President Xi at the G20 Summit from June 28 to 29 in Osaka, Japan.

Trade tensions rapidly...

May 3rd, 2019
By Angela Deng

Issues still left to be sorted out at next week’s negotiations, but both sides hope to reach a deal by end of next week

This week’s negotiations at the principal level in Beijing achieved more progress on issues, such as the enforcement mechanism and the rollback of tariffs, but there are difficult issues that remain to be sorted out next week, including access to China’s cloud computing market and industrial policies. Both sides are racing to complete the agreement by the end of next...

April 5th, 2019
By Angela Deng
No deal yet and no date set for a presidential meeting, but talks continue to make progress US will present classified evidence in Huawei case, and intensifies warnings about the company’s role in 5G Congressional bill to crack down on fentanyl shipments from China USTR releases its annual National Trade Estimates Report Domestic debate on Section 232 tariffs, WTO also weighs in

No deal yet and no date set for a presidential meeting, but talks continue to make progress

Trade...

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...

February 8th, 2019
By Angela Deng
Lighthizer and Mnuchin to continue trade negotiations next week, though presidents now not expected to meet before deadline Senate Finance Committee leadership divided on Congress’s role in trade negotiations with China Senate introduces another bill to restrict presidential tariff authority, while Trump asks Congress to expand it US continues to restrict Huawei’s and ZTE’s access to US domestic and global markets USTR releases report on China’s WTO compliance; IP Enforcement Coordinator...
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...

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