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(Daily News)
August 25, 2009

Prominent business associations in an Aug. 24 legal appeals brief warned that if a lawsuit under the Alien Tort Claims Act (ATCA) against multinational companies were to proceed, it could lead to similar lawsuits against U.S. firms for doing business with human rights violators such as China, Indonesia, Nigeria and Colombia, even though the U.S. executive branch has pursued a policy of commercial engagement with those countries.


(Inside U.S. Trade)
August 21, 2009

A World Trade Organization panel report issued on Aug. 12 in a legal dispute between the U.S. and China over market access into China for various entertainment products is the first WTO panel to rule on the so-called trading rights obligations contained in China's Accession Protocol and breaks new ground in a number of ways, according to legal sources.

(Inside U.S. Trade)
August 21, 2009

In a potential blow to a petition asking the Obama administration to curb imports of tires from China, two producers of U.S. tires have opposed the relief suggested by the International Trade Commission (ITC) by claiming that the proposed tariff would interfere with their practice of producing certain tires in the U.S. and others internationally by cutting off all tire imports from China.

(Inside U.S. Trade)
August 14, 2009

In a technical victory for the U.S., a World Trade Organization panel this week found that imported films for theatrical release are a "good" rather than a "service" for purposes of classification under international trade rules. The ruling relates to films physically exported to China.

(Inside U.S. Trade)
August 14, 2009

A World Trade Organization (WTO) panel on Aug. 12 sided with the U.S. and ruled that Chinese restrictions on the importation of films, audiovisual home entertainment (AVHE) products, sound recordings and publications violate the protocol to which China agreed when it joined the WTO.

(Daily News)
August 11, 2009

The Obama administration is coming under intense pressure from the United Steelworkers (USW) and other unions or union-allied groups to impose safeguard duties on low-grade tire imports from China.


(Daily News)
August 07, 2009

The Senate today (Aug. 7) confirmed the nominations of Utah Gov. John Huntsman (R) to be ambassador to China and John Roos to be ambassador to Japan.


(Inside U.S. Trade)
July 31, 2009

In this week's inaugural session of the Strategic and Economic Dialogue (S&ED), China agreed to report in October on how it plans to improve its offer for acceding to the World Trade Organization (WTO) Government Procurement Agreement, according to a joint fact sheet issued on July 28.

(Daily News)
July 29, 2009

In the first session of the Strategic and Economic Dialogue (S&ED), the U.S. failed to secure a commitment from China that it would present its improved offer for its accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO) Government Procurement Agreement (GPA) in October, as it had asked China to do.


(Daily News)
July 24, 2009

An explanatory statement issued by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) this week praised the progress China has made since 2005 in exchange rate reform, but shows a split among IMF directors on how China should handle the value of its currency in the future.


(Inside U.S. Trade)
July 24, 2009

Governor Jon Huntsman (R-UT), President Obama's nominee for U.S. ambassador to China, faced a supportive Senate Foreign Relations Committee yesterday (July 23) as he answered questions on a broad range of bilateral and multilateral issues facing the next U.S. ambassador to China.

(Inside U.S. Trade)
July 24, 2009

In the first session of the Strategic and Economic Dialogue (S&ED) under the Obama administration, the U.S. next week will push China to speed up its efforts to join the World Trade Organization (WTO) Government Procurement Agreement (GPA), highlight increasingly restrictive investment rules and press for more market access for financial services firms, according to senior administration officials offering a preview on July 23.

(Inside U.S. Trade)
July 17, 2009

The Commerce Department is reviewing the only outstanding formal application from a company in India to participate in the Validated End User (VEU) program, now that General Electric India has been accepted into the program. Commerce hopes the GE India announcement will spur others to follow suit, said a Commerce official late last week.

(Inside U.S. Trade)
July 17, 2009

Eleven senators yesterday (July 16) in a letter called on President Barack Obama to adopt the recommendations of the U.S. International Trade Commission to impose safeguard tariffs on Chinese passenger and light truck tires.

(Daily News)
July 15, 2009

Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Demetrios Marantis is in China this week meeting with the Ministry of Commerce and other ministries to begin negotiations for the agenda for the October meeting of the Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade (JCCT).


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