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(Daily News)
March 31, 2021

The trade ministers of the G7 countries on Wednesday committed to advancing World Trade Organization reform and ensuring political momentum for the organization’s upcoming ministerial conference, pledging as well to develop “high-level principles” on digital trade yet this year, according to a statement from the G7 president, the United Kingdom.


(Daily News)
March 31, 2021

China still “has work to do” on intellectual property rights protection improvements mandated under its phase-one trade deal with the U.S., the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative says in its annual National Trade Estimate, an exhaustive list of concerns about trade barriers worldwide.


(Daily News)
March 31, 2021

The infrastructure plan the Biden administration is set to release on Wednesday endorses a range of congressional proposals aimed at boosting U.S. manufacturing and innovation to compete with China in high-tech areas and calls on Congress to fund many of the proposed initiatives.


(In Trade)
March 31, 2021

The countries also “agreed to launch an additional working group on digital trade.”


(Daily News)
March 30, 2021

Congress and the administration should start working now to renew Trade Promotion Authority so the U.S. is able to pursue future trade goals, such as concluding negotiations with the United Kingdom, opening new markets in Africa and potentially even rejoining the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement on Trans-Pacific Partnership, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said on Tuesday.


(In Trade)
March 30, 2021

Stakeholders hoping to participate in the forum must register by Thursday.


(In Trade)
March 30, 2021

Business World said the country has begun “informal talks” with members.


(In Trade)
March 29, 2021

A Federal Register notice published Monday announced a thirty-day public comment period for the licensing procedure.


(In Trade)
March 29, 2021

“The United States supports the people of Burma in their efforts to restore a democratically elected government, which has been the foundation of Burma’s economic growth and reform,” USTR Katherine Tai said.


(Daily News)
March 29, 2021

The co-chairs of the congressional Digital Trade Caucus want U.S. Trade Representative Katherina Tai to “embrace a bold digital trade strategy” that pushes back on what they allege are protectionist and discriminatory policies originating in Europe and Asia.


(In Trade)
March 26, 2021

Daniel Kritenbrink is a career Foreign Service officer who once served as senior director for Asian affairs on the National Security Council.


(In Trade)
March 26, 2021

The senators want a trade deal that “provides high levels of labor rights and environmental protection as soon as possible.”


(In Trade)
March 26, 2021

A week of introductory discussions was slated to continue on Friday, USTR said.


(Daily News)
March 26, 2021

If the World Trade Organization is a slowly sinking ship, as some argue, then one of its biggest leaks – a gaping hole, in the eyes of the U.S., European Union and others – is the organization's failure to rein in the trade-distorting practices of China’s state capitalist system. Can the WTO plug that hole? Or is it already too far underwater?


(Daily News)
March 26, 2021

Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt on Thursday warned that China could soon displace the United States as the world’s technological leader, threatening U.S. values and the American way of life.


(Daily News)
March 24, 2021

The U.S. should roll back “unwarranted, ineffective and self-defeating” tariffs imposed by the Trump administration, a coalition of 37 trade associations representing business and agriculture interests said on Wednesday.


(In Trade)
March 24, 2021

The R&D tax deduction was increased from 75 to 100 percent.


(In Trade)
March 24, 2021

“We know that our allies have complex relationships with China that won’t always align perfectly. But we need to navigate these challenges together.”


(Daily News)
March 23, 2021

An interim final rule allowing the Commerce Department to block information and communications technologies and services transactions involving “foreign adversaries” could hamper U.S. competitiveness and innovation and fail to protect the ICTS supply chain as intended, industry groups have warned in comments to the rule.


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