Washington Update

December 21st, 2018
By Angela Deng

Additional steps taken to implement G20 outcomes amid heightened tension on cybertheft

The United States and China took some additional steps this week to reduce bilateral trade tensions, though the United States announced actions on cyber crime that dampened the mood in the relationship.  

At China’s Central Economic Work Conference this week, leaders promised to implement some structural economic changes to implement the agreement reached by...

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...

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 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...

August 13th, 2018
By Angela Deng

US and China finalize tariffs on $16 billion of goods; more tariffs on the horizon while talks are pushed back by the administration

On Wednesday, the United States and China finalized their lists of $16 billion worth of goods on which they will impose 25 percent tariffs against each other starting August 23. Once the tariffs on the $16 billion of goods go into effect, the US and China will have imposed tariffs on a total of $50 billion of goods from each side. The United States...

May 18th, 2018
By Meg Kelly

US-China trade talks continue

As Washington Update goes to press, Chinese negotiators, led by Vice Premier Liu He, continue to meet with their US counterparts in Washington about potential progress on commercial issues in the relationship. USCBC will report on outcomes as information becomes available.

Updates on investment restrictions: CFIUS, export controls, Section 301

Executive and legislative action is expected next week that will affect foreign investment in...

April 13th, 2018
Meg Kelly

$100 billion tariff list may be released soon

Reports emerged Thursday that in an effort to put further pressure on China to amend its problematic trade policies, the White House may release the list of an additional $100 billion in Chinese imports to be covered by tariffs. The tariffs -- $150 billion in total -- are one of the outcomes of the Section 301 investigation led by the Office of the US Trade Representative; they are not expected to be implemented until June at the earliest...

March 5th, 2018
Meg Kelly

Liu He visits Washington amid talk of steel and aluminum tariffs

Chinese President Xi Jinping’s top economic advisor, Liu He, travelled to Washington this week to discuss trade tensions with the US government. Liu, a key proponent of China’s economic reforms over the past decade, was named to the Communist Party Politburo last fall and is expected to become a vice premier next month with responsibility for the financial sector.

Liu had a joint meeting on Thursday with...