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...
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 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...

December 17th, 2018

Initial actions announced on US-China trade issues, though much work remains

The United States and China this week took initial steps to reduce tensions in bilateral trade.

On Monday evening, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, and Vice Premier Liu He spoke by phone. A brief statement released by the Ministry of Commerce said that “both sides exchanged their views on the timetable and roadmap for pushing...

November 16th, 2018
Angela Deng, Manager, Government Affairs

China sends a proposal on trade issues to the United States

China tabled a proposal to the United States on Monday that specifies a list of concessions that China is willing to make to address US concerns on bilateral trade issues. USCBC sources reveal that China sent the proposal to the US Department of the Treasury.

Reportedly, China’s proposal categorizes the US list of 142 demands into three parts: items that China is working on, issues that China is willing to continue...

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