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(Inside U.S. Trade)
April 02, 2010

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Sander Levin (D-MI) and all Democratic panel members late last week told President Obama that China's undervalued currency stands in the way of achieving key goals of his trade policy, along with barriers on the export of U.S. meats to China and other destinations, according to a March 25 letter.

(Inside U.S. Trade)
April 02, 2010

Leaders of the House Ways and Means Committee on March 22 requested the Appropriations Committee give the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative $7 million more than President Obama's 2011 budget request in order to meet the administration's goals of increasing enforcement, specifically addressing Chinese trade problems, and doubling U.S. exports in the next five years.

(Inside U.S. Trade)
April 02, 2010

U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk last week held open the possibility that USTR could file a formal complaint in the World Trade Organization against Chinese restrictions under which wholly foreign-owned companies cannot supply credit card and electronic payment services through their own networks to Chinese customers in local currency.

(Inside U.S. Trade)
April 02, 2010

A new report on Technical Barriers to Trade released by the Office of U.S. Trade Representative this week identifies seven emerging trends in TBT barriers, in which problems with the European Union and China figure heavily.

(Inside U.S. Trade)
April 02, 2010

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative will announce early next week that its current chief counsel for China trade enforcement, Claire Reade, will become the new assistant USTR for China affairs, filling a key China trade post left vacant in early February when Timothy Stratford returned to the private sector, according to informed sources.

(Inside U.S. Trade)
April 02, 2010

The Japanese government's annual trade barriers report released today (April 1) takes aim at China's "indigenous innovation" government procurement program and the U.S. Buy American provisions in the 2009 economic stimulus program. The report also notes that Japan is closely monitoring the possibility of border measures in connection with climate change legislation.

(Daily News)
April 01, 2010

A new report on foreign sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) barriers that pose problems for U.S. exports puts the spotlight on China and the European Union as engaging in several of six “cross-cutting” barriers identified.


(Daily News)
March 31, 2010

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative will announce early next week that its current chief counsel for China trade enforcement, Claire Reade, will become the new assistant USTR for China affairs, filling a key China trade post left vacant in early February when Timothy Stratford returned to the private sector, according to informed sources.


(Daily News)
March 29, 2010

Leaders of the House Ways and Means Committee on March 22 requested the Appropriations Committee give the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative $7 million more than President Obama's 2011 budget request in order to meet the administration's goals of increasing enforcement, specifically addressing Chinese trade problems, and doubling U.S. exports in the next five years.


(Daily News)
March 29, 2010

U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk last week held open the possibility that USTR could file a formal complaint in the World Trade Organization against Chinese restrictions under which wholly foreign-owned companies cannot supply credit card and electronic payment services through their own networks to Chinese customers in local currency.


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

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative is mulling the possibility of bringing new legal challenges under the World Trade Organization against China, and one possible candidate is a challenge against Chinese restrictions on foreign credit card services, sources said.

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

A World Trade Organization interim panel ruling in the U.S., Japanese and Taiwanese case against the European Union over the implementation of the Information Technology Agreement (ITA) has been delayed until the week of May 3, sources said this week. The confidential ruling to the parties was set to be released this week, but was delayed due to the complexity of the issues, sources said.

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

Office of the U.S. Trade Representative General Counsel Tim Reif this week said that USTR is trying to address "head on" the challenges of the U.S.-China trading relationship, including through the use of dispute settlement procedures under the World Trade Organization if necessary.

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

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Sander Levin (D-MI) this week charged that China is manipulating the value of its currency, but declined to answer a question on whether he will urge the administration to list China as a currency manipulator in the Treasury Department's semi-annual report due out by April 15.

(File Document)
March 16, 2010

(Inside U.S. Trade)
March 12, 2010

Trade issues with China are high in the minds of senators on the Finance Committee, judging by questions for the record posed to undersecretary of Commerce nominee Francisco Sanchez released by the committee on March 11.

(Inside U.S. Trade)
March 12, 2010

U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk said this week that USTR is considering whether to launch formal legal proceedings against China under the World Trade Organization over China's censorship of the Internet.

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