Washington Update

September 28th, 2018

US-China trade tensions escalate as tariffs and trade rhetoric intensify

Section 301 tariffs

The United States and China officially imposed additional tariffs on each other’s products on Monday. The United Statesimplemented an additional tariff rate of 10 percent on $200 billion of Chinese imports, which will be raised to 25 percent by the beginning of next year. China retaliated with tariff rates of 5 and 10 percent on $60 billion of US imports.

Together with the...

September 21st, 2018
By Angela Deng

The United States and China to impose additional tariffs next week

Trade tensions between the United States and China rose this week when both countries announced their decisions to start imposing additional tariffs on each other’s goods on September 24. The United States will implement a additional tariff rate of 10 percent on $200 billion of Chinese imports, which will be raised to 25 percent at the beginning of next year. In retaliation, China will impose additional tariffs of 5 or...

September 15th, 2018
By Angela Deng

Secretary of Treasury Steven Mnuchin invites Vice Premier Liu He to talk

Earlier this week, Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin sent an invitation to China’s Vice Premier Liu He to hold higher-level talks on US-China trade. While both sides have confirmed the invitation, it is unclear whether a meeting will take place and the level of participants. It is also uncertain what will be on the agenda for discussion. The invitation comes as the United States is still considering...

September 7th, 2018
By Angela Deng

US-China trade tensions could escalate

The United States is expected to impose tariffs on an additional $200 billion of Chinese exports in the coming days, soon after the public comment period ended at midnight Thursday. Recent talks between the United States and China on August 22 and 23 ended with no signs of progress on substantive issues that may have averted the new tariffs.

Earlier today, President Trump reinforced that a 10 or 25 percent additional tariff rate will be...

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...

July 30th, 2018
By Angela Deng

CFIUS reform bill passed by the House

Changes to US reviews of foreign investment in the United States moved forward this week with the House of Representatives’ passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The bill includes a revised version of the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act (FIRRMA) that expands the scope of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) authority to review foreign transactions, and strengthens US export...

December 8th, 2015
Stephanie Henry

December 8, 2015

The United States today announced that it is challenging China’s support for its domestic aircraft manufacturers at the World Trade Organization (WTO). US Trade Representative Michael Froman said today the United States would seek consultations with China under the WTO’s dispute settlement mechanism on China’s imposition of value-added taxes (VAT) on certain foreign aircraft. Consultations are the first step toward launching a formal dispute against another WTO member...

May 28th, 2014
Stephanie Henry

The United States announced on Friday it had won a World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute against China over its imposition of duties on US auto exports. In bringing the case, the United States charged that China relied on limited and poorly-examined evidence, and did not adequately show that Chinese industry was harmed by US imports.

The case centered on China’s application of duties on US autos with engine capacities at or over 2.5 liters. China alleged that manufacturers of those...

April 3rd, 2014
Stephanie Henry

Members of the House Ways and Means Committee today asked US Trade Representative Michael Froman about the potential impact of the Shanghai Free Trade Zone (FTZ) on US-China trade negotiations, and raised concerns over China’s agricultural restrictions, currency, and participation in international trade negotiations during a hearing on the Obama Administration’s 2014 Trade Agenda.   

On the Shanghai FTZ, Froman noted USTR is monitoring the openings there closely, and remarked that the...

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