Washington Update

January 28th, 2021
By USCBC Government Affairs

The Biden administration this week affirmed its intention to hold China accountable on several fronts, making clear it would do so strategically and in coordination with allies. Strengthening cooperation on areas of shared interest, including China, were topics of President Biden and his national security team’s early engagements with foreign counterparts, which included Japan, South Korea, Australia, India, Germany, France, the United Kingdom, and Canada to name a few. It is not yet clear...

January 22nd, 2021
By USCBC Government Affairs

Genocide determination could impede Biden’s early engagement with China  

President Joe Biden and his administration inherited an increasingly fraught US-China relationship on Wednesday. On Tuesday, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s last day in office, Pompeo determined that the Chinese government had committed crimes against humanity and genocide against the Muslim Uyghurs in Xinjiang. The US decision to label the situation a genocide under the UN Genocide Convention does not...

January 15th, 2021
By USCBC Government Affairs

With less than a week left in office, and after Trump’s unprecedented second impeachment, the outgoing administration moved quickly this week to solidify its record on China. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stepped up the pace of anti-China actions this week, with actions almost certainly designed to challenge the incoming administration’s diplomatic efforts, particularly on China. Pompeo lifted self-imposed restrictions for diplomatic engagement with Taiwan, disregarding the One China policy...

January 8th, 2021
By USCBC Government Affairs

Following chaos and violence at the Capitol on Wednesday, President Trump finally committed to an orderly transition of power after Congress had officially certified President-Elect Joe Biden’s victory. Democrats gained control of the Senate, with Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris to serve as a tiebreaker, a setup that could give Biden’s Cabinet nominees a comparatively smooth transition process. Biden is expected to nominate former venture capitalist and Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo...

December 30th, 2020
By USCBC Government Affairs

Washington’s “China space” has been moving fast in the final weeks of 2020. The Department of Commerce rolled out new export control restrictions, publishing a list of Chinese entities subject to military end use restrictions and formally removing Hong Kong’s differential treatment under US export control law. Restrictions on US financial flows to Chinese companies, particularly those associated with the Chinese military, are also moving forward ahead of the presidential transition. Congress...

December 18th, 2020
By USCBC Government Affairs

Commerce blacklists SMIC and dozens of Chinese firms for ties to military 

This morning, the Department of Commerce added 77 companies to the Entity List, the majority of which are Chinese. According to Commerce, the Chinese firms were blacklisted due to their involvement in China’s military-civil fusion initiative; support for military programs, including actions in the South China Sea; IP theft; and human rights abuses. The new listings include China’s leading semiconductor...

December 11th, 2020
By USCBC Government Affairs

President-elect Joe Biden announced several of his cabinet nominations this week. Notably, Biden will nominate Katherine Tai as United States Trade Representative, who, if confirmed, is likely to remain focused on China trade enforcement. Tai has previously served as USTR’s general counsel responsible for the development and litigation of disputes against China at the World Trade Organization. Currently the Chief Trade Counsel for House Ways and Means Democrats, Tai is widely respected among...

December 4th, 2020
By USCBC Government Affairs

With the presidential transition process in full swing, the Trump administration ramped up pressure on China and Chinese companies this week—including actions which some consider unprecedented moves to impede the Biden administration’s early engagement with Beijing. 

Yesterday alone, the Pentagon expanded the list of companies deemed to support China’s military, Customs and Border Protection blocked cotton imports from a significant producer in Xinjiang due to forced labor concerns,...

November 25th, 2020
By USCBC Government Affairs

The rollout of actions targeting China continued this week. On Tuesday, the Department of Commerce announced the first anti-subsidy duties on certain Chinese imports due to currency undervaluation, potentially opening the door for many more cases. The administration is also reportedly preparing an update to ‘Military End User’ export controls that it expanded back in April, which includes a list of dozens of Chinese entities with military ties. While the scope and timing of the rule are...

November 20th, 2020
By USCBC Government Affairs

USCBC understands that the Trump administration is still considering a variety of executive actions targeting China before leaving office, including entity listings of Chinese companies, more restrictions related to Xinjiang forced labor, and increased engagement in the Asia Pacific region. During a Tuesday press briefing, a senior State Department official discussed concerns around illegal Chinese fishing in the South China Sea, and the department today kicked off a new bilateral forum with...