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September 30, 2019

Reaching an outcome in World Trade Organization agriculture negotiations will likely be necessary for any results to come out of the upcoming ministerial conference in 2020, the chair of the negotiations said last week, even as the U.S. maintained it does not see a path forward in the talks.

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September 27, 2019

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer has responded “favorably” to a counterproposal from the House Democrats' working group negotiating U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement issues with the administration, Ways & Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal (D-MA) told reporters.

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The Trump administration's U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement implementing bill is being eyed as a potential trade-off for a pension measure that might ensure more Democratic support for the trade deal, according to a report issued this week by a conservative think tank.

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A Senate Appropriations Committee spending bill approved this week instructs the Commerce Department to publish the non-confidential aspects of the administration’s Section 232 report on auto and auto parts imports and contends that the president cannot unilaterally decide to terminate the North American Free Trade Agreement.

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September 26, 2019

Thomas Graham, one of the three remaining members of the World Trade Organization’s Appellate Body, told Inside U.S. Trade this week that his decision on whether to continue to serve on the panel beyond Dec. 10 will depend on the outcome of reform efforts in Geneva.

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U.S. business and agriculture groups lauded the trade deal the U.S. and Japan announced this week and urged the two countries to move forward with the next stage of negotiations.

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Despite an improving regulatory environment in China, U.S. companies in Shanghai are growing increasingly pessimistic about their business prospects due to an economic slowdown and rising trade tensions between the U.S. and China, according to a report issued this month by American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai.

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September 25, 2019

Despite the launch of an impeachment inquiry this week, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) on Wednesday implored fellow Democrats to stay focused on moving the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement forward in talks with the administration, according to a key lawmaker.

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China has proposed new language on electronic commerce in negotiations at the World Trade Organization, suggesting that members be prevented from limiting or blocking trade in information and communications technology equipment and products -- a proposal that comes after the U.S. imposed such restrictions on Chinese telecom company Huawei.

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President Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday inked a first-stage trade agreement on market access and an executive agreement on digital trade.

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House Democrats working with the Trump administration on the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement say a newly announced impeachment investigation into the president is unlikely to derail USMCA in Congress.

And the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, Chuck Grassley (R-IA), warned Democrats against mixing the two issues.

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September 24, 2019

A House working group tasked with negotiating U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement issues with the administration shares the AFL-CIO’s concerns over Mexico’s budget proposals for labor reform in 2020, Ways & Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal (D-MA) told reporters on Tuesday.

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A preliminary trade deal between Washington and New Delhi is coming “very soon,” President Trump said on Tuesday, adding that the two countries aimed to strike a more comprehensive deal “down the road a little bit.”

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The Trump administration should abandon its threat of Section 232 tariffs on Japanese autos and auto parts, which are crucial to the Japanese economy, to secure a deal with Tokyo, Senate Finance Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) said on Tuesday.

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Negotiations for an initial U.S.-Japan trade deal have been completed, Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi said after meeting with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer on Monday, a day before President Trump told the United Nations he expected the deal to be finalized this week.

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President Trump hammered home his message of economic nationalism in a Tuesday speech at the United Nations General Assembly in New York City, bashing globalism, Chinese trading practices and the World Trade Organization.

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September 23, 2019

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer has proposed changes to language that led to a 2017 U.S. loss in a labor case involving Guatemalan labor practices in his pitch to House Democrats working on the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, Inside U.S. Trade has learned.

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September 20, 2019

Five House Democrats say they have learned “at the 11th hour” that a nascent U.S. trade deal with Japan will offer U.S. dairy farmers “inferior market access.”

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The European Union last week rebutted several arguments the U.S. has advanced to defend its Section 301 tariffs on Chinese goods, contending in Geneva that they undermine the World Trade Organization’s dispute settlement system.

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The U.S. has requested a World Trade Organization dispute settlement ruling on tariffs imposed by India following the Trump administration’s removal of the country from a program granting preferential treatment for some developing countries.

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