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China Trade & Tech
House panel moves alternative NSF proposal as Senate eyes CHIPS funding

A House Science, Space and Technology subcommittee on Thursday approved legislation seen as an alternative to the Senate “Endless Frontier Act” that is less focused on China, setting up a potential showdown between the House and Senate over the research agency’s future role in countering Beijing’s attempt to become a technological superpower.

South Africa, India update Tai on WTO waiver proposal

South African and Indian officials this week provided U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai updates on revisions to a proposed waiver of World Trade Organization intellectual property obligations for COVID-19 vaccines, which the two countries began pushing last year.

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At Brookings, a new project focused on ensuring USMCA’s success

Four years of Trump administration moves spurred a “loss of faith” in the U.S.’ commitments to its trade obligations, says Josh Meltzer, a senior fellow in global economy and development with the Brookings Institution. But with a new administration and a renewed focus on the economic integration of North America via the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, he sees an opportunity to improve the discourse on trade policy -- and to help ensure the U.S. and the other parties to the deal are living up to their promises.

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Senate panel overhauls Endless Frontier Act, cuts funds for new NSF tech arm

The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee on Wednesday approved a version of the “Endless Frontier Act,” the centerpiece of a China-focused legislative package the Senate is expected to vote on later this month, but drastically cut proposed funding for a new technology directorate within the National Science Foundation.

Senate Homeland Security panel advances Buy America bills for China package

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on Wednesday approved three “Buy America”-related bills the committee intends to push for inclusion in a package of China-focused legislation the Senate is expected to vote on later this month.

Tai wants TPA overhauled with bipartisan support, doesn’t commit to timeline

U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai told House lawmakers on Thursday she is interested in working with Congress on a new version of Trade Promotion Authority that has strong bipartisan support, though she did not commit to a timetable for the legislation.

This Week In Trade

U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai will defend the Biden administration’s trade policy agenda before the Senate Finance and House Ways & Means committees this week, with U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement enforcement issues -- and potential disputes -- sure to be a major focus.

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  • South African and Indian officials this week provided U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai updates on revisions to a proposed waiver of World Trade Organization intellectual property obligations for COVID-19 vaccines, which the two countries began pushing last year.

  • Bolivia has waded into the fray over intellectual property rights at the World Trade Organization, notifying this week that it intends to import COVID-19 vaccines via a built-in compulsory license framework – a WTO-compliant pathway that has frequently triggered U.S. ire in the past.