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(Daily News)
January 23, 2009

Treasury Secretary Nominee Tim Geithner this week repeated a charge that President Obama made during the presidential campaign that China is manipulating the value of its currency, according to written answers (wto2009_0366) he provided to Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) as part of his confirmation process.


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January 06, 2009

(Daily News)
December 10, 2008

U.S. efforts to persuade China to make more market access concessions in the Doha round have failed thus far, as China has refused demands that it commit to participating in at least two sectoral initiatives to cut tariffs on industrial goods at the time there is a modalities agreement in non-agricultural market access (NAMA), according to informed sources.


(Daily News)
November 13, 2008

Undersecretary of Commerce for International Trade Christopher Padilla today (Nov. 13) warned against enactment of legislation aimed at punishing China for the low value of the yuan, as part of 10 recommendations he presented for the incoming Obama administration. Padilla further warned that getting “bogged down” in a China currency debate or discussion of labor and environmental provisions of the North American Free Trade Agreement would not appease hard-core opponents of trade and would threaten the U.S. economic position, especially in Asia.


(Daily News)
November 05, 2008

A major policy challenge for the administration of President-elect Barack Obama (D-IL) will be to manage congressional demands for tougher trade measures against China so that trade tensions do not escalate in a way that could disrupt the overriding U.S. interest in maintaining and fostering a broadly cooperative relationship with Beijing, according to think tank and private-sector sources.


(Daily News)
July 28, 2008

GENEVA -- The U.S. today (July 28) accused India and China of threatening the success of the ministerial by demanding key changes to a draft modalities agreement on agriculture and non-agricultural market access (NAMA) developed late last week.


(Daily News)
July 27, 2008

GENEVA -- China today (July 27) raised new objections to the draft compromise outline which was developed in its presence late last week in a small group of countries, demanding changes in the agriculture provisions and refusing to negotiate on sectoral initiatives on industrial goods.


(Daily News)
July 22, 2008

GENEVA - U.S. Agriculture Undersecretary Mark Keenum said on July 22 that the U.S. willingness to cut its cotton subsidies in the Doha round will depend on the tariff cuts that China is willing to make.


(Daily News)
May 06, 2008

The House Ways and Means Committee staff is preparing a broad trade enforcement bill that is likely to include measures relevant for U.S.-China trade, but is unlikely to include a provision on China currency, according to Committee Chairman Charles Rangel (D-NY).


(Daily News)
January 08, 2008

U.S. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Tom Donohue today (Jan. 7) that he remains hopeful that the three pending free trade agreements with Colombia, Panama and South Korea will be passed by Congress before the end of the Bush Administration despite anti-trade rhetoric by presidential candidates of both major parties.


(Daily News)
December 04, 2007

U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab today (Dec. 4) blamed Brazil, India and China for lack of progress in the Doha round in a speech to the President' Export Council, which formally called for bilateral investment treaties (BITs) with those countries as well as Russia.


(Daily News)
October 29, 2007

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) holds the “firm” expectation that the House of Representatives will only move conference reports and appropriations bills to the floor for final passage during the month of December, a Hoyer spokesperson said Oct. 26.


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