Washington Update

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...

July 20th, 2018
By Angela Deng

Congress likely to vote on CFIUS reform bill next week

Differences between the House and Senate versions of Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act (FIRRMA) have been resolved during negotiations on the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) this week, with a total of 20 changes to the bill. The changes expand the scope of CFIUS authority to review foreign entities’ minority investments in US companies, real estate transactions near US government facilities, and other...

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...

May 7th, 2018
Meg Kelly

US, China end trade talks; next steps uncertain

US-China trade discussions this week have wrapped up, with no formal announcements yet but leaked negotiating documents from both sides. The US delegation, led by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, came with a long list of asks covering the trade deficit, investment restrictions, intellectual property theft, and subsidies among other issues. The White House issued a statement this afternoon saying that the US delegation would brief...

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...

January 19th, 2018
Meg Kelly

Strongly-worded USTR China WTO compliance released

The Office of the US Trade Representative’s annual report on China’s compliance with its World Trade Organization (WTO) obligations was released Friday, with notably harsher language about China’s economic behavior than in past administrations. The report states that the US was mistaken in supporting China’s accession to the WTO in 2001, because entry into the global trade organization has “proven to be ineffective in securing China’...

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...

April 13th, 2016
Stephanie Henry
April 13, 2016

China was a main topic of conversation at a two-day long US government hearing on global overcapacity, given it remains a primary source of overproduction in several sectors. The hearing, organized by the Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) and US Department of Commerce, featured administration officials, Members of Congress, and representatives from US industry in sectors affected by overcapacity.

In his opening remarks on April 12 – the first day of the...

January 5th, 2016
Stephanie Henry

January 5, 2015

Congress’ approval of the 2016 Omnibus spending bill on December 18 contained one significant, positive measure for the US-China relationship: an increase in China’s stake in the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Congress had delayed voting on an IMF reform package for several years, leading some critics in China to view the inaction as part of a containment strategy to limit China’s influence in international institutions.
 
IMF reform had been a long-...

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