Washington Update

April 4th, 2024
By USCBC Government Affairs
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President Joe Biden and President Xi Jinping spoke over the phone on Tuesday. The call coincides with multiple other high-level engagements this week. Read more

The Senate is still mum on the TikTok bill. Senators continue to debate the best way forward for the Protecting Americans from Foreign Adversary Controlled Applications Act. Read more

The Bureau of Industry and Security introduced a “clean-up” rule, amending its proposed semiconductor export controls....

March 28th, 2024
By USCBC Government Affairs
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Representative John Moolenaar will replace Mike Gallagher as chair of the House Select Committee on the CCP in mid-April. Moolenaar’s priorities on the committee are not well documented, but he is expected to take up Gallagher’s role of pushing for committees of jurisdiction to pass the select committee’s proposals into law. Read more

On Monday, the Treasury Department added Wuhan XRZ and two Chinese individuals to the SDN list for cyberespionage. In addition, the...

March 22nd, 2024
By USCBC Government Affairs

Shortly after the publication of this Washington Update, House Select Committee on the CCP Chairman Mike Gallagher (R-WI) announced that he will be leaving Congress on April 19. Gallagher had previously reported that he would not seek reelection in November. Several details are currently unknown including the reason for Gallagher’s early departure and who will take over as chairman of the select committee once he leaves. We will cover Gallagher's departure in more detail next week.

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March 14th, 2024
By USCBC Government Affairs
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A bill that would force the divestment of TikTok from Bytedance has passed the House, but its fate in the Senate is less certain. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has not taken a position on the proposal. Read more

President Joe Biden’s 2025 budget request prioritizes the Indo-Pacific. “The non-binding proposal requests for billions to go toward strengthening the United States military and economic posturing in the region.” Read more

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March 8th, 2024
By USCBC Government Affairs
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President Joe Biden touted the administration’s China policy in last night’s State of the Union address. Republican backlash suggests China will continue to be a campaign issue this year. Read more

The BIOSECURE Act is now headed to the Senate floor. The bill, which aims to limit US exposure to Chinese biotech firms, is likely to be tacked on to the National Defense Authorization Act for 2025. Read more

There is a renewed effort to force TikTok to divest from...

March 1st, 2024
By USCBC Government Affairs
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On Wednesday, President Joe Biden signed an executive order to block the bulk transfer of sensitive US personal data to countries of concern, including China. USCBC will be collecting comments on a related advanced notice of proposed rulemaking. Read more

Yesterday, the Commerce Department opened an investigation into the data and national security risks posed by Chinese “connected vehicles” in the United States. The investigation will include a 60-day comment period...

February 22nd, 2024
By USCBC Government Affairs
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On the heels of FBI Director Christopher Wray’s warning about Chinese cyber threats last week, lawmakers are turning their attention to Chinese companies’ role in the American telecoms ecosystem. Chief among Wray’s concerns is the threat of malware being positioned in critical US infrastructure. Read more

Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Foreign Minister Wang Yi met on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference last week. US and Chinese readouts of the...

February 15th, 2024
By USCBC Government Affairs
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In a surprise announcement, Chair of the Select Committee on the CCP Mike Gallagher (R-WI) said he will not be seeking reelection. The committee’s fate in the next Congress remains to be seen, regardless of who controls the House. Read more

The announcement hasn’t slowed the committee’s momentum. There will be a delegation to Taiwan next week, and members of the committee were recently in Boston to talk to biotech firms about challenges in China. Read more

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February 9th, 2024
By USCBC Government Affairs
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This week, Treasury officials traveled to Beijing for the third Economic Working Group meeting with China’s Ministry of Finance. Under Secretary of Commerce Marisa Lago also held a video call with Chinese Vice Minister of Commerce Wang Shouwen to plan the upcoming Commercial Issues Working Group meeting. Read more

The International Trade Commission rejected anti-dumping and countervailing duties on tin mill steel imported from China and several other countries,...

February 2nd, 2024
By USCBC Government Affairs
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After meeting with Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Bangkok over the weekend, National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan announced that a presidential phone call is in the works. Sullivan and Wang discussed an array of global and bilateral issues. Read more

A new proposed know-your-customer rule for cloud computing is aimed at curbing China and others from using services provided by US firms to train AI models that could be used for malicious purposes. The Commerce Department...

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