Washington Update

May 11th, 2018
Meg Kelly

Ongoing US-China trade discussions may include visit by Vice Premier to Washington

Following US trade officials’ visit to Beijing last week, the US and Chinese governments are discussing a potential visit by Vice Premier and chief economic advisor Liu He to Washington in the coming weeks. An advance team from China arrived in the US on Thursday, lead by Vice Minister of Commerce Wang Shouwen, to discuss the agenda for the visit. Despite early reports that Liu will visit during the...

May 7th, 2018
Meg Kelly

US, China end trade talks; next steps uncertain

US-China trade discussions this week have wrapped up, with no formal announcements yet but leaked negotiating documents from both sides. The US delegation, led by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, came with a long list of asks covering the trade deficit, investment restrictions, intellectual property theft, and subsidies among other issues. The White House issued a statement this afternoon saying that the US delegation would brief...

April 27th, 2018
Meg Kelly

Trump administration officials head to China next week

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and White House advisors Larry Kudlow and Peter Navarro will be traveling to China next week to discuss the US-China trade relationship. The group are expected to be in Beijing May 3-4 to meet with Vice Premier Liu He, who leads China’s economic issues. The administration has not indicated the specific issues it wants China to address on this trip,...

April 20th, 2018
Meg Kelly

Trade cases updates

There were several reports of new developments on pending US trade actions in the past week.

US tariffs on aluminum and steel

Additional trade partners file cases at WTO  The European Union and India formally requested dispute settlement consultations on US steel and aluminum tariffs at the World Trade Organization this week. Like China, the two countries argue that the United States’ tariffs are “safeguard” measures, rather than actions based on...
April 13th, 2018
Meg Kelly

$100 billion tariff list may be released soon

Reports emerged Thursday that in an effort to put further pressure on China to amend its problematic trade policies, the White House may release the list of an additional $100 billion in Chinese imports to be covered by tariffs. The tariffs -- $150 billion in total -- are one of the outcomes of the Section 301 investigation led by the Office of the US Trade Representative; they are not expected to be implemented until June at the earliest...

April 6th, 2018
Meg Kelly

Trump asks for additional potential tariffs on $100 billion in Chinese exports

The Trump administration announced Thursday night it may increase the amount of Chinese imports subject to tariffs by an additional $100 billion dollars, bringing the total to $150 billion.  It remains unclear if this announcement will become policy, as the statement directed the Office of the US Trade Representative to determine if additional tariffs were warranted. Additionally, the...

March 30th, 2018
Megan Kelly

USTR releases Foreign Trade Barriers Report

The US Trade Representative this afternoon released its annual report on trade-distorting practices worldwide. The fact sheet released along with the report highlights three problematic areas for trade with China, all of which have been regularly raised by current and previous US administration:

China’s industrial plans (including Made in China 2025) and forced technology transfer  This section rehashes several of the same issues...
March 23rd, 2018
Meg Kelly

China announces retaliatory tariffs in response to Section 232 tariffs, but solicits comments before implementation

Early Friday China announced planned reciprocal tariffs on 128 US products to offset the impact of US steel and aluminum tariffs, which come into effect today under the administration’s Section 232 tariff actions. According to the Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM), US exports of these products to China were worth $3 billion in 2017. The tariffs would include a 15 percent...

March 16th, 2018
Meg Kelly

Larry Kudlow to replace Gary Cohn as National Economic Advisor

The White House announced Wednesday that Larry Kudlow would become Trump’s top economic advisor, following the resignation of Gary Cohn last week. Kudlow is a former CNBC host who was an informal economic advisor to Trump’s campaign. Kudlow previously served as an economist at the New York Federal Reserve and at the Office of Management and Budget under President Reagan before moving on to Wall Street, including serving...

March 9th, 2018
By Meg Kelly

Steel and aluminum tariffs roil Washington

Following his announcement last week of his intention to act, President Trump signed an order Thursday putting a 25 percent tariff on imported steel and 10 percent on imported aluminum. The tariffs will be implemented in the next 15 days. The order exempted Mexico and Canada from coverage, and includes a process for other allies to apply for similar exemptions. Trump also said the percentages could be adjusted up or down at a later date, and...