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“The two sides primarily exchanged views on the texts that concern agriculture, environment, and workers’ rights.”

Mon, 5:59 PM

A rundown of the week's most noteworthy events.

Mon, 4:17 PM

“Hundreds of legal and economic experts have highlighted the substantive and procedural flaws of the ISDS system and have presented evidence that suggests such a system is unnecessary to promote foreign investment.”

Mon, 3:39 PM

Fareed Zakaria: “What an irony it would be if policies designed to keep populists at bay end up punishing mainstream politicians instead.”

Mon, 6:30 AM

More than 50 countries, including the U.S., will hold elections this year.

Fri, 4:23 PM
By Dan Dupont

The House Ways & Means Committee on Wednesday will mark up a raft of bills targeting China and the Biden administration’s approach to trade, including legislation to renew the Generalized System of Preferences, tighten de minimis law and neuter new critical minerals deals. 

By Oliver Ward

Recent administration digital trade moves have ceded leverage to foreign powers and granted adversaries like China greater influence in international rulemaking, a coalition of industry groups said on Monday, calling on the White House to reverse course and reassert U.S. leadership.

By Jason Asenso

The U.S. should launch a probe of Chinese shipbuilding practices, nearly 40 House Democrats said last week, adding to calls for action to boost the U.S. industry following a push by prominent unions.

By Margaret Spiegelman

Japanese authorities have been slow-walking plant health negotiations to open the country’s market to U.S. potatoes, a bipartisan group of senators told President Biden last week, urging him to press the country's prime minister on the issue during a state visit.

Insider Interview
By Oliver Ward , Margaret Spiegelman

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative has often touted the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement’s rapid response mechanism -- designed to strengthen labor rights for Mexican workers -- as one of the Biden administration’s top trade policy accomplishments and suggested something like it could be part of other deals, but replicating the mechanism will require adjustments, says former USTR General Counsel Greta Peisch.

By Hannah Monicken

The U.S., the European Union and a few other closely allied countries have revived a U.S. proposal to codify certain question-and-answer practices related to subsidy notifications at the World Trade Organization, with the goal of improving transparency.

  • Global goods trade is expected to pick up this year and next following a slight dip in 2023, the World Trade Organization said on Wednesday, warning that ongoing conflicts, geopolitical tensions and protectionist economic policy could impact the forecasted rebound.

  • The U.S. has accepted China’s request to hold consultations at the World Trade Organization about Inflation Reduction Act measures, the first step in a formal dispute, and revealed some arguments it may advance in defending one of the Biden administration’s signature legislative efforts.

  • China’s penetration into Europe’s electric vehicle market is a cautionary tale for the U.S., Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) asserted on Thursday, calling for the administration to use all tools at its disposal to ban Chinese-made EVs from entering the U.S.

  • The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative should accept a petition from several unions to open an investigation into Chinese shipbuilding practices under Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974 and consider its proposed countermeasures, six Democratic senators told USTR Katherine Tai on Tuesday.