Washington Update

May 17th, 2019
By Angela Deng

Next steps of US-China negotiations unclear due to US actions on Huawei

Trade talks between the United States and China appear to be on hold, with tensions exacerbated by the recent tariff escalation by both sides and actions taken by the United States on Chinese technology company Huawei. No plans have been announced on the next steps, but President Trump this week said he will meet with President Xi at the G20 Summit from June 28 to 29 in Osaka, Japan.

Trade tensions rapidly...

May 3rd, 2019
By Angela Deng

Issues still left to be sorted out at next week’s negotiations, but both sides hope to reach a deal by end of next week

This week’s negotiations at the principal level in Beijing achieved more progress on issues, such as the enforcement mechanism and the rollback of tariffs, but there are difficult issues that remain to be sorted out next week, including access to China’s cloud computing market and industrial policies. Both sides are racing to complete the agreement by the end of next...

April 26th, 2019
By Angela Deng

US-China negotiations continue next week, but no date set yet for presidential summit

The White House confirmed this week that two additional rounds of face-to-face negotiations will begin in Beijing next Tuesday. While no official announcement has been made about when Presidents Trump and Xi will meet, rumors have begun to circulate that a summit may occur as early as June. Meanwhile, industry representatives wrote to Trump this week pressing for certain elements that they would like...

April 22nd, 2019
By Angela Deng
Both sides plan more in-person negotiations, striving for a presidential summit in late-May, while US gains leverage from two WTO cases Debate on the constitutionality and national security basis of Section 232 tariffs continues Telecom battle between the United States and China continues One Chinese acquisition approved by CFIUS, another crumbles after CFIUS delay

Both sides plan more in-person negotiations, striving for a presidential summit in late-May, while US gains leverage from two...

April 12th, 2019
By Angela Deng

Negotiations continue, with progress on enforcement and cyber issues

Bilateral negotiations continued over video conference on Wednesday and Thursday of this week at the principal level after last week’s face-to-face discussions. While the removal of tariffs reportedly remains unresolved, this week’s negotiations appear to have made progress on enforcement and cybersecurity related issues. While no date has been announced for a presidential summit, US-China Business Council (USCBC)...

April 5th, 2019
By Angela Deng
No deal yet and no date set for a presidential meeting, but talks continue to make progress US will present classified evidence in Huawei case, and intensifies warnings about the company’s role in 5G Congressional bill to crack down on fentanyl shipments from China USTR releases its annual National Trade Estimates Report Domestic debate on Section 232 tariffs, WTO also weighs in

No deal yet and no date set for a presidential meeting, but talks continue to make progress

Trade...

March 22nd, 2019
By Angela Deng
Negotiations continue in Beijing next week, but presidential meeting still unconfirmed US defends its Huawei strategy, while China continues to dismiss US warnings Contradictory information about auto tariff report, and Commerce gets sued for not disclosing the report’s findings Trump reverses Treasury’s sanctions against two Chinese shipping companies

Negotiations continue in Beijing next week, but presidential meeting still unconfirmed

US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and...

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...

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