Washington Update

October 29th, 2018
By Angela Deng

USCBC: China should move first to resolve the US-China trade tensions

The trade tensions between the United States and China are likely to escalate again unless China articulates the list of structural reforms that it is willing to undertake to address the US concerns, US-China Business Council President Craig Allen told reporters yesterday. 

USCBC sources indicate that the probability is currently 75 percent that the United States will increase the 10 percent tariff rate to...

August 24th, 2018
By Angela Deng

US-China talks give little indication of a resolution of the trade conflict

The US and China ended two days of meetings this week with no immediate signs of progress in resolving their trade disputes, but USCBC sources indicate it was a constructive exchange of views and may lay the groundwork for future progress on some areas of disagreement. At this stage, however, it is highly probable that the United...

June 22nd, 2018
By Meg Kelly

US and China threaten further tariffs; no talks scheduled yet

Following President Donald Trump’s directive this week that the Office of the US Trade Representative identify another $200 billion to $400 billion worth of Chinese goods for tariffs, China’s Ministry of Commerce announced Tuesday that it would respond “quantitatively and qualitatively” to any additional tariffs levied on Chinese exports to the US. USCBC issued a statement on Tuesday urging both governments to begin...

June 1st, 2018
Meg Kelly
 

Ross eyes energy and agriculture deals on China trip

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross is scheduled to be in Beijing June 2-4 to continue discussions between the US and China over trade issues, following recent meetings in DC and earlier in Beijing. News reports indicate his agenda will focus on finalizing deals in the energy and agricultural sector, which were noted as outcomes of Chinese Vice Premier Liu He’s visit earlier this month.

Ross...

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...

March 30th, 2018
Megan Kelly

USTR releases Foreign Trade Barriers Report

The US Trade Representative this afternoon released its annual report on trade-distorting practices worldwide. The fact sheet released along with the report highlights three problematic areas for trade with China, all of which have been regularly raised by current and previous US administration:

China’s industrial plans (including Made in China 2025) and forced technology transfer  This section rehashes several of the same issues...
March 5th, 2018
Meg Kelly

Liu He visits Washington amid talk of steel and aluminum tariffs

Chinese President Xi Jinping’s top economic advisor, Liu He, travelled to Washington this week to discuss trade tensions with the US government. Liu, a key proponent of China’s economic reforms over the past decade, was named to the Communist Party Politburo last fall and is expected to become a vice premier next month with responsibility for the financial sector.

Liu had a joint meeting on Thursday with...