Washington Update

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...

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 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...

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 18th, 2019
By Angela Deng

High-level bilateral talks scheduled for end of January

The Chinese government confirmed on Thursday that Vice Premier Liu He will visit the United States from January 30 to 31 to continue the bilateral trade talks that began at the vice-ministerial level from January 7 to 9. China’s Ministry of Commerce Spokesman Gao Feng offered no other details on Liu He’s agenda in Washington, except that both countries will try to implement the common understanding reached by...

January 4th, 2019
By Angela Deng

Bilateral negotiations begin next week

The United States and China will hold their first face-to-face negotiations next week to try to reach agreement on difficult trade issues after the consensus reached by Presidents Trump and Xi on December 1.

In a press statement released today, USTR confirmed that the US delegation will include USTR Deputy Trade Representative Jeffrey Gerrish, USTR Chief Agricultural Negotiator Gregg Doud, Treasury Under...

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...

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