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The Mexican Sugar Chamber, representing interests of Mexican sugar exporters, and Imperial Sugar Company -- a U.S. sugar producer and refiner -- this week exchanged fire in separate letters to Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker over the functioning and renegotiation of the sugar suspension agreements between the U.S. and Mexico.

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The chairmanship of the United States' Thomas Graham expires at the end of December.

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The expiration date for parts of China's WTO Accession Protocol is Sunday, Dec. 11.

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The top stories from this week's issue of Inside U.S. Trade.

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“The man I have chosen as our ambassador is the man that knows and likes China -- better to like China if you're going to be over there.”

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The bill mandates the purchase of U.S.-made shoes for military recruits, which the Pentagon and the White House oppose.

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With a U.S. Department of Labor deadline approaching, discussions are intensifying around a possible Peruvian presidential decree that would be aimed at resolving issues raised in a labor complaint under the U.S.-Peru free trade agreement -- while labor groups in the South American country are escalating a protest campaign to pressure the government.

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT) told Inside U.S. Trade this week that he held an “outstanding” meeting with President-elect Trump's pick for Treasury secretary, Steven Mnuchin, with trade policy among the topics of conversation.

Lawmakers seeking to move a catfish inspection program from the Agriculture Department's Food Safety and Inspection Service back to the Food and Drug Administration will not get the chance to vote on a Senate-passed resolution this year, multiple sources told Inside U.S. Trade.

While some in the U.S. and European Union have cast blame on China for sinking what was supposed to be a ministerial meeting to conclude an Environmental Goods Agreement in Geneva last weekend, a senior Chinese Ministry of Commerce official this week claimed that Beijing's last-minute product list proposal was actually an effort to save the talks.

With only a few days left in this session of Congress, supporters of the Export-Import Bank this week told Inside U.S. Trade they are exploring alternative ways to advance a nominee for the bank's board of directors after language that would allow the bank to operate without a quorum was not included in a continuing resolution to fund the government through April.

Following a series of working group sessions with stakeholders, analysts at the Center for Strategic and International Studies say they believe the government's national security investment watchdog -- the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. -- is properly functioning despite an increased workload, according to a new CSIS report.

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  • Following a series of working group sessions with stakeholders, analysts at the Center for Strategic and International Studies say they believe the government's national security investment watchdog -- the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. -- is properly functioning despite an increased workload, according to a new CSIS report.

  • President-elect Trump will be able to instruct the Treasury Department to name China a currency manipulator by using a 1988 trade law even though China does not meet all three criteria used in an October Treasury report to analyze major trading partners' foreign exchange policies, according to analysts and academics interviewed by Inside U.S. Trade.

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  • What was supposed to be the closing ministerial for a tariff-cutting Environmental Goods Agreement was blown up after China submitted a late product list that was not close to aligning with positions that other members of the negotiations were coalescing around and nearing agreement on, according to multiple sources.

  • The United States is expected to formally request that the World Trade Organization's Dispute Settlement Body on Dec. 16 establish a panel on U.S. claims that China is breaching its WTO commitments by providing domestic support to farmers totaling nearly $100 billion over its allotted amount.

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  • The European Union does not expect the Trump administration to feel bound by any progress made in Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership negotiations after three years of talks -- progress expected to be reflected in a “snapshot” that U.S. and EU trade ministers are working on, according to the EU ambassador to the U.S., David O'Sullivan.

  • A new U.S.-Colombia Advisory Council including business leaders from both countries intends to produce specific recommendations for the Colombian government on trade-related issues and offer new ways to deepen economic and business partnerships, according to Colombia and U.S. officials.