Washington Update

September 6th, 2019
By Chynna Hawes

High-level bilateral talks to continue in early October

Chief US and Chinese negotiators agreed to hold the next round of high-level trade discussions in early October. Both sides confirmed the intention to meet next month following a phone call on Wednesday evening between US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, and Chinese Vice Premier Liu He. Chinese Commerce Minister Zhong Shan, Governor of the People's Bank of China Yi Gang, and Vice Chairman...

August 30th, 2019
By Angela Deng
China holds back after US raises tariffs, but trade talks are still uncertain G7 countries agree to make the WTO more effective at addressing China’s trade practices Presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke outlines his strategy on trade with China State Department replaces Kiron Skinner, proponent of “Clash of Civilizations”

China holds back after US raises tariffs, but trade talks are still uncertain

The Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) this week moved forward with the plan...

August 16th, 2019
By Angela Deng
US delays implementation of some tariffs, but resolution of trade dispute is still far off US puts export bans on Chinese nuclear companies US finds fault with a WTO ruling and continues to block the appointment of judges to the WTO

US delays implementation of some tariffs, but resolution of trade dispute is still far off

The United States this week backed off slightly by choosing to delay the imposition of tariffs on some consumer goods from September 1 until December 15. The...

August 9th, 2019
By Angela Deng
US takes tougher measures against China, talks in September not guaranteed Grassley continues to push for legislation to rein in the president’s authority on Section 232 tariffs

US takes tougher measures against China, talks in September not guaranteed

The new measures taken by the Trump Administration against China this week—labeling China a currency manipulator and issuing an interim executive order against Chinese technology companies—drew condemnation from China, and it is...

August 2nd, 2019
By Angela Deng
More US tariffs on the horizon, China vows to retaliate US digs in on its position on the WTO, China fights back against US WTO proposal 2020 candidates against tariffs, but divided on trade strategy

More US tariffs on the horizon, China vows to retaliate

President Trump announced on Thursday that the United States will impose a 10 percent tariff on the remaining $300 billion worth of Chinese imports on September 1, unless China follows through on supposed commitments to buy US...

July 26th, 2019
US-China talks will resume on Tuesday, United States announces more trade aid for farmers A temporary solution for the WTO is likely to fail, and the US gets a mixed ruling on a subsidy case against China

US-China talks will resume on Tuesday, United States announces more trade aid for farmers

After two phone calls over the past several weeks, the United States and China agreed to hold their first high-level trade negotiations since trade talks hit an impasse in early May. The talks...

July 19th, 2019
By Angela Deng

Widening differences between the US and China, and more US tariffs are likely

The United States and China have yet to resolve their major differences on how to resume negotiations. Though both sides continue to have discussions over the phone, no in-person talks have been scheduled so far. Patience appears to be wearing thin within the Trump Administration, and the chance that both sides will fall back into stalemate and further escalate tariffs is growing. 

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July 12th, 2019
By Angela Deng

High-level officials have yet to set a date for the next round of trade talks after phone conversation this week

While top-level negotiators from both sides spoke on the phone on Tuesday, neither side has announced when the next round of trade talks will begin. No deadline has been set for the conclusion of a trade deal, and hope for a deal appears to be low. Meanwhile, both sides appear to be assessing each other’s intentions before scheduling any official talks,...

June 28th, 2019
By Angela Deng

Trump and Xi expected to announce tariff truce at the G20, while pressure builds ahead of their meeting

Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping are likely to announce a suspension of additional tariffs and resumption of trade talks at their lunch meeting on Saturday, June 29, on the sidelines of the Group of Twenty (G20) Summit running from June 28 to 29. However, whether Trump will ultimately decide to impose or delay additional tariffs on $300 billion of Chinese imports will depend...

June 21st, 2019
By Angela Deng

Trump and Xi will meet at the G20 summit, but whether they can reach a deal is unclear

During a phone call on Tuesday, Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping agreed to meet on the sidelines of the G20 Summit, which runs from June 28 to 29 in Osaka, Japan, and to start trade talks prior to their meeting. It remains unclear if trade talks, once resumed, will lead to a trade agreement between the two countries. Meanwhile, industry groups and congressional lawmakers...

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