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October 26, 2018

Citing what it calls a raft of “protectionist and unfair trade practices,” the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission warns in a new report that the Chinese government's involvement in and manipulation of emerging “Internet of Things” technologies pose a substantial risk for U.S. companies.

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October 25, 2018

OTTAWA – After a daylong discussion of potential reforms to the World Trade Organization, ministers here said they were uncertain how to bring the United States and China on board with the WTO reform process, according to Canadian Trade Minister Jim Carr, who hosted the meeting.

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OTTAWA – Australian Trade Minister Simon Birmingham said on Thursday that he hopes the Trump administration – not invited to a ministerial meeting here this week – appreciates that World Trade Organization members are taking into account criticisms the U.S. has levied against the organization and are working to address them.

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The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative announced on Thursday its plans to garner public comment on what the U.S. should pursue in trade talks with Japan.

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October 24, 2018

OTTAWA -- A group of trade ministers representing “middle ground” members of the World Trade Organization is convening here in the Canadian capital this week, hoping to forge a better roadmap toward a reformed global trade system.

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U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer is seeking changes to the de minimis levels agreed to in the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, sources tell Inside U.S. Trade, eyeing U.S. implementing legislation as a pathway to a more reciprocal arrangement with both countries.

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To ensure that more U.S. steel and aluminum is used in auto manufacturing, the Trump administration must give companies more time to adjust to Section 232 tariffs, auto industry representatives said on Wednesday.

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Two domestic bicycle producers last week filed a Section 201 petition with the U.S. International Trade Commission seeking global relief for what they allege is serious injury to the largest segment of the U.S. bicycle industry.

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October 23, 2018

The U.S.-UK working group formed to lay the groundwork for a future trade deal has been trying to identify areas for potential “quick wins” post-Brexit, the United Kingdom’s ambassador to the U.S. said on Tuesday.

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If the Trump administration wants to get tough on trade with China and other countries, it must take stronger action to address currency manipulation and misalignment and not just impose tariffs on Chinese goods, according to the author of a new study on the effects of trade with Beijing on U.S. manufacturing employment.

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October 22, 2018

Prime Minister Theresa May on Monday told the British House of Commons that an agreement for the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union is 95 percent done, with the details of the nature of the post-Brexit customs arrangement the remaining sticking point.

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The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative is seeking public comments on South Korea's World Trade Organization challenge of U.S. safeguard restrictions on imports of large residential washers.

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October 19, 2018

The U.S. may be using tariffs on Chinese goods as a way to pursue broader disengagement with Beijing, rather than as leverage to make a deal solely on trade, analysts and U.S. businesses said this week, dimming hopes of a near-term resolution to the trade dispute between the world’s two largest economies.

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The U.S. may be using tariffs on Chinese goods as a way to pursue broader disengagement with Beijing, rather than as leverage to make a deal solely on trade, analysts and U.S. businesses said this week, dimming hopes of a near-term resolution to the trade dispute between the world’s two largest economies.

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Officials from the European Union will meet in Washington DC, next week as part of the U.S.-EU Executive Working Group to continue discussions on regulatory cooperation, EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström said earlier this week.

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The U.S. is pushing forward with its World Trade Organization disputes against members who have imposed retaliatory tariffs at the same time as those members are escalating their own disputes against the U.S. over its Section 232 tariffs.

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October 18, 2018

The U.S., Canada and Mexico are working to lift Section 232 tariffs on steel and aluminum ahead of the upcoming midterm elections in the U.S., sources said.

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Several countries have decided to take their World Trade Organization dispute with the U.S. over Section 232 steel and aluminum tariffs to the next step -- an official Dispute Settlement Body panel investigation.

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October 17, 2018

The U.S. ambassador to the World Trade Organization this week warned WTO members against letting discussions about reforming the multilateral trading system get in the way of meaningful changes.

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The Treasury Department on Wednesday again decided that China does not meet its definition of a currency manipulator, though its latest report to Congress on the currency practices of major U.S. trading partners says Beijing is of “particular concern” and will remain on a monitoring list along with Japan, South Korea, Germany, India and Switzerland.

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