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In case you missed them, a rundown of some key events this week.

Mon, 5:30 PM

The senate panel also will decide on Wally Adeyemo, President Biden’s nominee for deputy Treasury secretary.

Mon, 3:45 PM

Taking stock and looking ahead at what has become a top-priority trade issue.

Mon, 2:55 PM

“He will lead a team of lawyers and policy experts focused on sanctions and export control compliance, international trade policy, and government affairs with respect to the company’s industry-leading cloud platform.”

Fri, 4:49 PM

Cara Morrow, a former USTR official who later worked on e-commerce policy at Facebook, has been named director of policy at the ITA.

Fri, 1:51 PM
China Trade & Tech
By Brett Fortnam

Chinese officials on Friday outlined aspects of Beijing’s plan to become technologically self-reliant, advancing its science and technology capabilities by focusing on enhancing semiconductor manufacturing, research and development policies and support of basic research.

By Hannah Monicken

On her first day as director-general of the World Trade Organization, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala set about the difficult work of turning the enthusiasm – and expectations – around her appointment into results, cautioning against “too many expectations” for the 12th ministerial conference in December while outlining an ambitious series of “deliverables.”

By Maria Curi

The Biden administration will consider imposing a carbon border tax as part of its efforts to combat climate change, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative said in a new trade agenda delivered to Congress on Monday.

By Isabelle Icso

Addressing the “climate crisis” with U.S. trading partners will be a top priority during Katherine Tai’s first 100 days in office as U.S. Trade Representative if she is confirmed, she said this week.

By Hannah Monicken

The World Trade Organization ministerial conference will take place the week of Nov. 29 in Geneva, the General Council decided on Monday after the original date in 2020 was postponed due to the pandemic.

By Hannah Monicken

Hundreds of civil society groups in the U.S., along with several progressive lawmakers, are keeping up the pressure on the Biden administration to reverse the previous administration’s opposition to a proposal to waive some intellectual property commitments at the World Trade Organization in response to the pandemic, an issue that has galvanized advocacy groups as a question of equity and, they say, hypocrisy.


  • U.S. Trade Representative nominee Katherine Tai on Thursday pledged to hold China accountable under its phase-one deal with the U.S. and to work with the rest of the Biden administration to craft a long-term vision for how the U.S. can best compete with Beijing.

  • The European Union’s agriculture sustainability strategy, known as “Farm to Fork,” is “straight up protectionism,” the former top agricultural negotiator at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative said this week, arguing that the bloc was claiming its blocking of new agricultural technology would make European agriculture more sustainable.

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