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(Daily News)
November 20, 2018

China is continuing to flout international rules by stealing intellectual property, erecting unfair trade barriers and acquiring sensitive technology via forced transfers, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative said in an update to its Section 301 report.


(Daily News)
November 20, 2018

The U.S. and Japan are headed for difficult negotiations on autos and currency commitments, among other issues, in negotiations for a bilateral trade deal that could jeopardize cooperation between the two countries in dealing with China, sources tell Inside U.S. Trade.


(In Trade)
November 19, 2018

“Not only is the third tranche more than four times the size of the first two combined, it contains a much higher percentage of consumer goods relative to intermediate and capital goods – including numerous goods that do not benefit from the 'Made in China 2025' policy.”


(In Trade)
November 16, 2018

“There are four or five big things left off. I think we'll probably get them too,” he said, adding: “I think a deal will be made and we'll find out very soon.”


(In Trade)
November 16, 2018

“Punishment was commonly used in the British-style schools in the old days and in China’s schools even until when I was a boy. But nowadays, schools seldom use such approaches.... Punitive approaches lead to far more negative effects than positive ones.”


(Daily News)
November 16, 2018

U.S. concerns with China will not be solved at the G20 summit in Argentina – or even in the next decade, Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-AK) said this week, contending that what he called “promise fatigue” with Beijing would extend far beyond the Trump administration.


(Daily News)
November 15, 2018

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer has not told industry executives that future Section 301 tariffs on Chinese goods were on hold, his office told Inside U.S. Trade on Thursday.


(Daily News)
November 14, 2018

Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Jeffrey Gerrish will attend the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation forum this week, though substantive outcomes are not expected.


(Daily News)
November 14, 2018

The U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission is recommending that Congress review with the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative the possibility of initiating cases at the World Trade Organization challenging Chinese trade abuses using the rarely cited non-violation clause of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade.


(In Trade)
November 14, 2018

AP Moller-Maersk estimates that “the combined effect of all trade restrictions introduced during 2018 could reduce global container trade by 0.5-2.0% during 2019-2020.”


(Daily News)
November 13, 2018

While the U.S. and China have resumed talks on a potential trade arrangement that could be struck at the G20 summit in Argentina later this month, according to White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow, Vice President Mike Pence said this week that any deal would have to include a complete “change of posture.”


(Daily News)
November 13, 2018

The Commerce Department's recent move to block U.S. companies from exporting some technologies to a Chinese semiconductor manufacturer came under fire from China this week during a meeting at the World Trade Organization.


(In Trade)
November 13, 2018

The Wall Street Journal reports on a phone call that could pave the way for more substantive discussions.


(In Trade)
November 12, 2018

Trade ministers who gathered in Singapore on Monday were unable to finalize a deal and are now eyeing 2019. India's concerns are still seen as a primary obstacle.


(In Trade)
November 12, 2018

“If you're going to pull out of TPP, great, but then you need to have a bilateral agreement of some sort and that's not even being discussed at this point because USTR is so busy. Countries like Indonesia just get left in the dust.”


(Daily News)
November 09, 2018

While U.S. businesses are holding out hope that the U.S. and China will agree on at least “a deal to get a deal” when Presidents Trump and Xi Jinping meet at the G20 summit in Buenos Aries at the end of this month, a tight timetable, coupled with what some see as a lack of sufficient preparation for the talks, has muted industry expectations for a substantive outcome.


(Daily News)
November 09, 2018

White House trade adviser Peter Navarro on Friday accused Wall Street “billionaires” of acting as “unpaid foreign agents” on behalf of the Chinese government because they are trying to convince the White House to broker a deal with Beijing at the G20 summit in Argentina this month.


(Daily News)
November 08, 2018

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer is considering opening an investigation into Chinese labor practices, eyeing the use of the Section 301 statute already employed to justify massive tariffs on Chinese goods, sources tell Inside U.S. Trade.


(Daily News)
November 08, 2018

National Foreign Trade Council President Rufus Yerxa said Thursday that the business community supports the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement and indicated the group would begin its lobbying efforts on behalf of the deal soon.


(In Trade)
November 08, 2018

The semiconductor and microelectronics industry group says tariffs, trade tensions and new export controls are “forcing many companies to rethink their investment strategies.”


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