Washington Update

March 6th, 2020
By Chynna Hawes

Export controls conversation moving forward despite Commerce personnel shake-up

The tightening of the direct product and de minimis rules, targeting Huawei, remain on the table despite a key personnel change at the Department of Commerce. On Monday, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross announced that Earl Comstock, director of policy and strategic planning, would be stepping down today. It is unclear exactly what prompted the announcement, or who will replace Comstock, but the decision has...

February 21st, 2020
By Chynna Hawes

Phase One implementation begins

US officials continued to affirm this week that no request from China to delay implementation of the Phase One trade deal had been received, and that it was on track despite concerns about COVID-19. In a move that could pave the way for the increased purchases outlined in the expanding trade chapter of the deal, including agricultural products, China announced a new list of products that will be eligible for tariff exclusions. Yesterday, the United...

January 10th, 2020
By Chynna Hawes

Chinese delegation confirmed to be in DC next week for “phase one” deal signing

The Chinese government has confirmed that Vice Premier Liu He and a vice-ministerial delegation of Chinese officials will travel to Washington next week from January 13 to 15 to sign the “phase one” trade deal with the United States. The delegation will arrive on Monday, January 13, meet with academics and think tanks on Tuesday, and participate in what is expected to be a large signing ceremony at the...

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...

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...
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...