Washington Update

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...

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 11th, 2019

US-China trade talks review substantive issues, but no outcomes to date

Trade negotiations between the United States and China this week covered both structural issues and the trade balance. While no agreement was reached—nor was one expected—the substantive discussions laid the groundwork for further negotiations on the most difficult bilateral trade issues.

US-China Business Council sources indicate that the talks were extended to a third day to...

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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