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May 14, 2019

The Chinese government is claiming the U.S. is the one that has gone back on agreements it made during trade negotiations by repeatedly increasing its demands to levels Beijing says it cannot meet.

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May 13, 2019

The World Trade Organization should tighten rules on unilateral trade actions, reduce agricultural support allowances for developed members and allow state-owned enterprises to operate “in an environment of fair competition,” China argued on Monday in a new proposal.

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An upcoming shakeup of India's government could be the reset that is needed to reshape New Delhi's bilateral relationship with Washington, former officials from the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative and other agencies said on Monday.

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The U.S. and Japan could reach a quick trade deal and present a unified front against China at the G-20 summit next month by borrowing heavily from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a source close to the Abe administration told Inside U.S. Trade.

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May 10, 2019

Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) is striving to graft biologics language included in the Trans-Pacific Partnership onto the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement after it was “ignored” by the Office of U.S. Trade Representative over the objections of Canada and Mexico, he said on Friday.

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China’s newly proposed draft text for World Trade Organization negotiations on electronic commerce includes privacy and transparency provisions, but what it lacks -- namely, provisions ensuring the free flow of data across borders and a ban on data localization -- runs counter to U.S. priorities in the fledgling negotiations.

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U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer this week showed a new “willingness” to address the Democrats' concerns with the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, according to Rep. Pramila Jayapal (WA), co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, which met with the USTR on Thursday.  

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May 09, 2019

The gulf between the U.S. and European Union approaches to privacy is not as wide in practice as in theory, industry representatives and analysts said on Thursday, suggesting the two should be able to bridge the gap in electronic commerce talks at the World Trade Organization.

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A possible lack of funding and a series of special sessions scheduled during the Mexican legislature's upcoming congressional recess, which could result in changes to the labor legislation required by the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, are spurring concern among U.S. labor unions about the viability of Mexico’s pledges.

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May 08, 2019

The U.S. does not believe World Trade Organization members understand the root of the problems it claims are plaguing the Appellate Body, U.S. Ambassador to the WTO Dennis Shea said Tuesday, adding that no negotiated solutions could move forward until that understanding is reached.

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A bipartisan group of 159 House members wants White House National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow to advise the president against imposing auto restrictions they argue would have a cascading negative impact on supply chains and deflate the U.S. economy.

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China says it will not be intimidated by President Trump's plan to raise tariffs on $200 billion worth of goods and slap an additional $325 billion in imports with tariffs, but U.S. industry and agricultural groups are preparing for the economic effects of Trump's moves and China's retaliation.

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and other Democrats are continuing to engage with the administration about their concerns with the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, but an accord on how -- or if -- to proceed toward a vote remains far from certain, lawmakers said this week.

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Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), chairman of the House Ways & Means trade subcommittee, said this week that his caucus sees “no advantage” to rushing a vote on the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, though he contended the deal was “dead” if it is not addressed before next year’s elections are in full swing.

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May 07, 2019

Vice President Mike Pence heard from Senate Republicans on Tuesday about their concerns with the Trump administration’s decision to hike tariff rates on Chinese goods if a satisfactory deal with Beijing is not reached this week.

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Japanese Economy Minister Toshimitsu Motegi on Tuesday said the U.S. and Japan would not reach an agreement in any one area before others, countering the Trump administration’s hopes for a quick deal on agriculture.

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The Trump administration must ensure that ongoing U.S.-China negotiations are “worthwhile” and “not repeat 2011,” when China reneged on specific reforms, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) said on Tuesday.

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The U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission is urging Congress to consider whether U.S. regulations governing Chinese economic activities are effective in addressing technology transfer risks.

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May 06, 2019

President Trump’s decision to raise tariffs on Chinese goods was sparked by Beijing's decision to renege on a series of commitments it had made in trade talks, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mncuhin said on Monday.

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A group of 21 House Ways & Means Democrats is questioning how the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement will impact Capitol Hill's ability to address rising health care costs, contending the intellectual property changes in the deal will “almost certainly” lead to higher prices for U.S. consumers.

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