Washington Update

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...

March 26th, 2014
Stephanie Henry

China Advances Case on “Zeroing”

China announced today it will advance another WTO case against the United States on its use of “zeroing” in targeted anti-dumping cases. China requested consultations at the WTO in December 2013, alleging that the United States' use of zeroing methodology in targeted dumping cases against certain Chinese exports violates the WTO Anti-dumping Agreement. Targeted dumping occurs when there are patterns of export pricing that differ significantly “among...

March 26th, 2014
Stephanie Henry

The US has won a World Trade Organization (WTO) case against China on export restraints on rare earths, tungsten, and molybdenum -- important components in US products, including petroleum, automobiles, and certain electronics. China will have 60 days to appeal the ruling; if it chooses not to appeal, it will have a set period of time to comply with the panel’s findings.   

The case, initiated in September 2012, centered around China’s imposition of export duties, quotas, minimum...

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...

January 13th, 2014
Stephanie Henry

The United States will seek consultations with China in the World Trade Organization (WTO) over China’s compliance with an earlier WTO panel decision on US grain oriented flat-rolled electrical steel (GOES) exports, according to US Trade Representative Michael Froman. That case – which the United States won on appeal in October 2012 – challenged China’s imposition of anti-dumping (AD) and countervailing duties (CVDs) on US steel exports; China was given until July 2013 to become compliant...

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