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...

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...

February 16th, 2018
By Meg Kelly

Commerce Department releases findings on steel and aluminum investigations

On a call with media today, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross discussed the findings and suggested remedies from the Administration’s investigations into steel and aluminum imports. In his remarks, Ross said, “each of these reports comes to the conclusion that… imports threaten to impair our national security.” Ross indicated that the goal of the actions in both products was to raise US production to 80 percent...

February 9th, 2018
By Meg Kelly

Chinese and US officials meet amid trade tensions

Chinese State Councillor Yang Jiechi traveled to Washington this week to meet with US officials and discuss the two nations’ strained trade relationships and tension over North Korea. On Thursday, Yang met with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson; little information was released about the meeting, but a State Department readout said the two looked forward to speaking again in the second quarter of this year at the Diplomatic &...

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...

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...

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