Trump Administration Lays Groundwork to Keep Big Tariffs on Chinese Goods

WASHINGTON—The Trump administration appears poised to cement China’s unfavorable status in trade cases, making Chinese goods eligible for higher U.S. tariffs well into the future. [William Mauldin] March 29, 2017 [The Wall Street Journal] U.S. officials are preparing a review of China’s “market-economy status” under the World Trade Organization, according to official documents on the…

Draft NAFTA Renegotiation Plan in Official Fast Track Notice Letter Would Not Fulfill Trump’s Pledge to Make NAFTA ‘Much Better’ for Working People or Enjoy a Congressional Majority

For those who trusted Trump’s pledge to make NAFTA “much better” for working people, it’s a punch in the face because the proposal could have come from any past pro-NAFTA administration and describes the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) or any other same-old trade deal. [Lori Wallach, Director] March 30th, 2017 [Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch] If…

WTO Failed to Achieve a Peaceful China

Satellite images published this week confirm that China has almost completed the construction of a variety of military assets in the Philippine and Vietnamese South China Sea, assets that allow it to deploy fighter jets and missile launchers at a moment’s notice and provide it expanded surveillance capabilities. [FRANCES MARTEL] March 28, 2017 [Breitbart] The images…

Bringing Back the Bronco! Ford is Investing $1.2 Billion in Three Facilities in Michigan

Ford Motor Company announced on Tuesday that it is spending $1.2 billion to expand its manufacturing capabilities in Michigan, providing a big boost to its sport utility vehicle (SUV) and truck production.  [ ELIZABETH BROTHERTON-BUNCH| March 28, 2017 [Alliance for American Manufacturing] About $150 million will go toward creating or retaining 130 jobs at Ford’s Romeo Engine Plant, which will…

Congressional steel caucus chairman brings industry wish list to meeting with Ross

Steel industry leaders have armed the Congressional Steel Caucus chairman, Rep. Tim Murphy (R-PA), with a set of requests to bring to a scheduled meeting today with Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, including pushing the Department of Commerce to help strengthen the defense industrial base, maintaining China’s non-market economy status, and considering self-initiation methods to expedite…