Washington Update

September 21st, 2018
By Angela Deng

The United States and China to impose additional tariffs next week

Trade tensions between the United States and China rose this week when both countries announced their decisions to start imposing additional tariffs on each other’s goods on September 24. The United States will implement a additional tariff rate of 10 percent on $200 billion of Chinese imports, which will be raised to 25 percent at the beginning of next year. In retaliation, China will impose additional tariffs of 5 or...

September 15th, 2018
By Angela Deng

Secretary of Treasury Steven Mnuchin invites Vice Premier Liu He to talk

Earlier this week, Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin sent an invitation to China’s Vice Premier Liu He to hold higher-level talks on US-China trade. While both sides have confirmed the invitation, it is unclear whether a meeting will take place and the level of participants. It is also uncertain what will be on the agenda for discussion. The invitation comes as the United States is still considering...

September 7th, 2018
By Angela Deng

US-China trade tensions could escalate

The United States is expected to impose tariffs on an additional $200 billion of Chinese exports in the coming days, soon after the public comment period ended at midnight Thursday. Recent talks between the United States and China on August 22 and 23 ended with no signs of progress on substantive issues that may have averted the new tariffs.

Earlier today, President Trump reinforced that a 10 or 25 percent additional tariff rate will be...

August 24th, 2018
By Angela Deng

US-China talks give little indication of a resolution of the trade conflict

The US and China ended two days of meetings this week with no immediate signs of progress in resolving their trade disputes, but USCBC sources indicate it was a constructive exchange of views and may lay the groundwork for future progress on some areas of disagreement. At this stage, however, it is highly probable that the United...

August 13th, 2018
By Angela Deng

US and China finalize tariffs on $16 billion of goods; more tariffs on the horizon while talks are pushed back by the administration

On Wednesday, the United States and China finalized their lists of $16 billion worth of goods on which they will impose 25 percent tariffs against each other starting August 23. Once the tariffs on the $16 billion of goods go into effect, the US and China will have imposed tariffs on a total of $50 billion of goods from each side. The United States...

July 30th, 2018
By Angela Deng

CFIUS reform bill passed by the House

Changes to US reviews of foreign investment in the United States moved forward this week with the House of Representatives’ passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The bill includes a revised version of the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act (FIRRMA) that expands the scope of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) authority to review foreign transactions, and strengthens US export...

July 20th, 2018
By Angela Deng

Congress likely to vote on CFIUS reform bill next week

Differences between the House and Senate versions of Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act (FIRRMA) have been resolved during negotiations on the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) this week, with a total of 20 changes to the bill. The changes expand the scope of CFIUS authority to review foreign entities’ minority investments in US companies, real estate transactions near US government facilities, and other...

July 13th, 2018
By Angela Deng

United States argues WTO insufficient to address concerns about China’s trade policies

At the seventh review of China’s trade policies at the World Trade Organization (WTO) -- part of a regular process for all WTO members -- US Ambassador Dennis Shea stated that while China’s unfair and distortive trade practices needed a “reckoning”, the WTO rules are insufficient to deal with China’s state-led policies and any negotiation to change WTO rules would take too long. “The best solution...

July 6th, 2018

The US-China trade battle escalated early Friday morning, as the United States imposed tariffs on $34 billion in imported Chinese goods, and China responded in kind with retaliatory tariffs worth the same amount. As Washington Update goes to press, however, it is unclear when the United States will follow through on President Trump’s directive to identify an additional $200 billion in Chinese imports to target for tariffs in counter-retaliation.

The US-China Business Council issued a...

June 29th, 2018
By Meg Kelly

White House chooses CFIUS over executive action on investment restrictions

As reported previously to USCBC members, President Trump announced Wednesday that he had decided against using much-anticipated new measures to restrict Chinese access to US technology and instead to use existing tools. Trump said that changes to US foreign investment rules expected to soon pass Congress in the form of the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act (FIRRMA), will “modernize our tools for...

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