Washington Update

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...

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...

November 5th, 2018
By Angela Deng

Internal work begins on US trade priorities for Trump-Xi meeting at G20

According to news reports, President Donald Trump’s phone call with President Xi Jinping on Thursday has prompted the administration to initiate an internal process of identifying potential terms of an agreement to address US trade concerns when the presidents meet after the G20 summit on December 1. The meeting was rescheduled from November 29 to upgrade it from discussions on the sidelines of the G20 to a “...

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...

January 12th, 2018
By Meg Kelly

For analysis of potential trade actions in 2018, see Monday’s New Year edition of the Washington Update.

Steel report sent to White House, recommendations not yet public

The Commerce Department’s Section 232 investigation into steel imports is complete and has been sent to the White House, just ahead of its January 15 deadline. The report will not be made public until the President decides whether to take action, which he has ninety days to do. The decision to keep the...

February 19th, 2015
Stephanie Henry

After the introduction of currency legislation in the House and Senate last week, it appears unlikely that the House will take up a standalone bill, though the issue may be included in Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) sought by President Obama to finalize Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, has been vocal in opposing the bill, calling it a “counterproductive tactic [that] would trigger higher tariffs on any...

February 10th, 2015
Stephanie Henry

Critics of China’s currency policies introduced legislation today in the House and Senate that would allow the imposition of tariffs on imports from countries considered to be currency manipulators. The House bill mirrors currency legislation that passed the House in 2010. The latest Senate bill takes a narrower approach, but still raises similar issues that the Senate’s 2011 currency bill created in regards to the United States’ World Trade Organization (WTO) compliance. The US-China...

July 18th, 2014
Stephanie Henry

House committee talks China in hearing on WTO
 
China needs to make an “appropriate contribution” to negotiations on the Information Technology Agreement (ITA), according to Deputy US Trade Representative Ambassador Michael Punke at a hearing of the US House Ways & Means Trade Subcommittee on Wednesday. Punke told the subcommittee he’s hopeful that discussions will move forward before the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Senior Officials’ meeting in November, and said...

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...

January 14th, 2014
Stephanie Henry

The US-China Business Council today called on the White House and congressional leaders to oppose counterproductive language expected to be included in 2014 fiscal year appropriations that bars the Departments of Commerce and Justice, NASA, and the National Science Foundation from purchasing information technology (IT) systems from China without first conducting a cyber-espionage or sabotage risk assessment. The letter states that the rule “does little to improve the security of the US...