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(Inside U.S. Trade)
February 19, 2010

As China's exports continue to strengthen, the Chinese government will have the necessary political cover to begin to allow the renminbi (RMB) to appreciate in 2010, though that may not have an influence on the bilateral trade deficit with the United States, two China experts predicted Wednesday (Feb. 17).

(Inside U.S. Trade)
February 05, 2010

President Barack Obama this week said he is seeking a "reciprocal" trade relationship with China and promised to step up enforcement of China's trade obligations and fight for currency rates that do not artificially depress the price of foreign goods.

(Daily News)
February 03, 2010

President Barack Obama said in Feb. 3 remarks that he is seeking a “reciprocal” trade relationship with China and promised to step up enforcement of China's trade obligations and fight for currency rates that do not artificially depress the price of foreign goods.


(Inside U.S. Trade)
January 29, 2010

As the Obama administration enters the final stage of a policy review aimed at updating the model treaty the U.S. uses as a basis for its investment talks with other nations, business groups are providing conflicting advice on whether to include more disciplines on the activities of state-owned enterprises (SOEs) in any bilateral investment treaties (BITs) it negotiates with countries like China and India.

(Daily News)
January 25, 2010

In the wake of the threat from Google earlier this month to leave China following attacks on the company's systems originating from China, the Computer and Communications Industry Association (CCIA), of which Google is a member, is urging the Obama administration to use existing trade enforcement tools to combat Internet censorship.


(Inside U.S. Trade)
January 08, 2010

In a move likely to unsettle bilateral trade relations, Taiwan's legislature this week banned the importation of certain cuts of U.S. beef, prompting outrage from U.S. executive and legislative branch officials who had earlier backed a negotiated deal aimed at liberalizing Taiwan's imports of U.S. beef.

(Inside U.S. Trade)
December 25, 2009

A multi-pronged, multinational diplomatic initiative is underway to persuade China to step back from granting preferential treatment for government procurement purposes to goods made with intellectual property created in China, according to U.S. government and industry sources.

(Inside U.S. Trade)
December 25, 2009

A WTO Appellate Body panel ruled this week that China may use the general exceptions found in the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT), such as those justifying actions necessary to protect public morals, to justify breaking commitments in its Protocol of Accession when there is a clear link between the two documents. The ruling came as the panel resoundingly rejected the merits of a Chinese appeal in the dispute brought by the United States over market access for certain intellectual property intensive goods such as DVDs, music, and films for theatrical release.

(Inside U.S. Trade)
December 25, 2009

The Commerce Department's Bureau of Industry and Security on Dec. 23 formally suspended the eligibility of Aviza Technology China to participate in the Validated End-User program following the sale of its assets to a Japanese firm, and the eligibility of a General Electric (GE) joint venture in India after that partnership was dissolved. In a Federal Register notice, BIS said the suspension, which means exports to the facilities in China and India will again be subject to individual licenses, is not because of a violation of the VEU requirements.

(Daily News)
December 18, 2009

The U.S. and China have settled a fight over a Chinese policy initiative that subsidized companies designated as top exporters of famous brands products after China supplied the U.S. with evidence that all of the objectionable measures had been repealed, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative announced today (Dec. 18).


(Inside U.S. Trade)
December 18, 2009

U.S. industry groups have flagged to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative new barriers in the telecommunications trade, particularly with a draft telecom law in China and a new licensing fee in India.

(Inside U.S. Trade)
December 18, 2009

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) last week urged Chinese President Hu Jintao to address the imbalances in China's economic relationship with the United States, which he said cause many Americans to question the efficacy of U.S. trade policy.

(Daily News)
December 16, 2009

Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for China Timothy Stratford will leave the Obama administration and return to the private sector around late January, 2010, a U.S. trade official said yesterday (Dec. 15).


(Inside U.S. Trade)
December 04, 2009

GENEVA -- A senior Chinese official this week strongly criticized as ineffective and counterproductive to the multilateral Doha round negotiations a U.S. effort to extract more market access concessions from key countries in bilateral meetings.

(Daily News)
December 02, 2009

China remained the top source for imports of intellectual property right (IPR) infringing goods in the 2009 fiscal year, according to data released by U.S. Customs and Border Protection on Nov. 24.


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