Washington Update

March 15th, 2019
By Angela Deng
  Presidential meeting may take place in April, trade negotiations continue

While bilateral trade negotiations may conclude in the next few weeks, a meeting between Presidents Trump and Xi appears to no longer be under consideration for March, but may take place in April.

Both countries are reportedly still working on the details of a possible agreement. According to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Thursday, too much work remains for the two presidents to...

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...

February 22nd, 2019
By Angela Deng
Outlines of an agreement start to take shape Report on auto tariffs completed Mixed messages from the US on Huawei

Outlines of an agreement start to take shape at this week’s bilateral trade negotiations

Bilateral trade negotiations this week continued to make progress on several memoranda of understanding (MOUs) that could serve as the framework of a potential trade deal between the two countries. Few details are known about what the six MOUs include and if they will lead to an...

February 15th, 2019
By Angela Deng
No deal yet, but trade negotiations to continue next week, Congress weighs in New spending bill requires effective tariff exclusion processes for Section 232 and Section 301 Recent congressional statements on China Policy task force suggests a balanced approach to managing US-China relationship

No deal yet, but trade negotiations to continue next week, Congress weighs in

This week’s bilateral trade negotiations in Beijing ended without an agreement, but further talks will be held...

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...
February 1st, 2019
By Angela Deng

Progress but no agreement at this week’s US-China trade negotiations

The high-level negotiations between the United States and China this week made limited progress on some of the key bilateral trade issues, but few details have been announced beyond a new planned purchase of US soybeans. Despite the lack of tangible outcomes, both countries agreed to continue their discussions in February, potentially concluding with a meeting between Presidents Donald Trump and...

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 18th, 2019
By Angela Deng

High-level bilateral talks scheduled for end of January

The Chinese government confirmed on Thursday that Vice Premier Liu He will visit the United States from January 30 to 31 to continue the bilateral trade talks that began at the vice-ministerial level from January 7 to 9. China’s Ministry of Commerce Spokesman Gao Feng offered no other details on Liu He’s agenda in Washington, except that both countries will try to implement the common understanding reached by...

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...

January 4th, 2019
By Angela Deng

Bilateral negotiations begin next week

The United States and China will hold their first face-to-face negotiations next week to try to reach agreement on difficult trade issues after the consensus reached by Presidents Trump and Xi on December 1.

In a press statement released today, USTR confirmed that the US delegation will include USTR Deputy Trade Representative Jeffrey Gerrish, USTR Chief Agricultural Negotiator Gregg Doud, Treasury Under...