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(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of famous brands products after China supplied the U.S. with evidence that all of the objectionable measures had been repealed, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative announced today (Dec. 18).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.


(Inside U.S. Trade)
November 20, 2009

Two senators with a history of advocating strong action on currency yesterday (Nov. 19) stepped up pressure on the Commerce Department to take a definitive stance on China's currency undervaluation in countervailing duty cases, charging that it has repeatedly avoided tackling the issue in CVD petitions.

(Daily News)
November 16, 2009

The United States will request two separate World Trade Organization dispute settlement panels against China and the European Union in this week's meeting of the Dispute Settlement Body, but also face panel requests from Canada and Mexico over its country of origin labeling law (COOL).


(Inside U.S. Trade)
November 13, 2009

China's Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) late last week initiated a trade remedy case on imports of U.S. completed automobiles, giving U.S. automakers and the Obama administration 20 days until the end of the month to determine if they will participate in the investigation, according to the English translation of its announcement reprinted below.

(Inside U.S. Trade)
November 13, 2009

Initiation of Countervailing Duty Investigation into Saloon Cars and Cross-country Cars (of a Cylinder Capacity = 2000cc) Originating from the United States

(Daily News)
November 10, 2009

Administration officials on Monday (Nov. 9) held a press conference to outline President Obama's trip to Asia. The following is a summary of Obama's schedule, as provided by Deputy National Security Adviser for Strategic Communications Ben Rhodes.


(Text Document)
November 06, 2009

(Daily News)
November 04, 2009

A World Trade Organization panel has delayed until next March the issuance of a confidential interim report on a challenge mounted by the U.S., Japan and Taiwan against the European Union's implementation of the Information Technology Agreement (ITA), according to informed sources.


(Inside U.S. Trade)
October 30, 2009

This week's meeting of the Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade (JCCT) in Hangzhou, China failed to resolve specific trade disputes but did result in a pledge by China that it would soon remove its ban on U.S. pork due to the presence of H1N1 "swine" flu in the United States.

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