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Information Technology Agreement

(Daily News)
September 09, 2014

European Trade Commission Karel De Gucht said the United States and European Union are aiming to release in a matter of days a joint compromise proposal for China in the hope of breaking the current deadlock in the negotiations on expanding the Information Technology Agreement (ITA).

(Daily News)
July 17, 2014

Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Michael Punke yesterday (July 16) said that three members of President Obama's cabinet last week pressed China to compromise in the talks for an expanded Information Technology Agreement (ITA), urging it to lower tariffs on products such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machines, computerized tomography (CT) scan machines and implantable medical devices.

(Daily News)
June 26, 2014

China today (June 26) dashed the hopes of the United States, the European Union, Japan and other participants in the Information Technology Agreement (ITA) expansion talks that it would show new flexibility and yield a breakthrough in the deadlocked negotiations, putting them on track to a conclusion this year.

(Daily News)
March 13, 2014

The Obama administration is supporting the U.S. industry's goal of trying to wrap up the negotiations to expand the product scope of the Information Technology Agreement (ITA) by a May meeting of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) trade ministers in China, provided that an acceptable outcome can be achieved.

(Daily News)
February 11, 2014

The head of the U.S.-China Business Council (USCBC) yesterday (Feb. 10) signaled strong doubts that the Chinese government will undertake significant reforms in the near term to open the country to foreign investment and foreign imports, even while expressing hope that it would do so.

(Daily News)
December 26, 2013

Weeks after the year-and-a-half long effort to update the 1996 Information Technology Agreement (ITA) slammed into a wall at the end of November, Geneva officials and industry representatives now say that there is still no plan for resuming the initiative. Although the prevailing view is that all the hard work should not have been done for naught, many say that whether the talks can be picked back up will all depend on China.