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Department of Commerce Seeks Public Input on Pipelines “Made in America;” Comments Due April 7, 2017 On March 16, 2017, the Department of Commerce published a Federal Register notice requesting input on the use of American-made materials in the construction and maintenance of American pipelines. Referring to President Trump’s January 24, 2017 Presidential Memorandum calling for…

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TWEET-SIZED XI PREVIEW

What should the trade world expect next week when Xi heads to Mar-a-Lago for a two-day meeting with the president? “The meeting next week with China will be a very difficult one in that we can no longer have massive trade deficits and job losses,” @realDonaldTrump tweetedThursday evening. “American companies must be prepared to look at other…

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USTR targets Chinese barriers to digital trade, ‘Made in China 2025’ program in new NTE

The 2017 National Trade Estimate Report features a new set of grievances concerning Chinese “barriers to digital trade” and blasts Beijing’s state-directed “Made in China 2025” plan for seeking to provide domestic companies advantages over foreign ones. [Jack Caporal] March 30, 2017 [Inside US Trade] The report from the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, released annually,…

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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…

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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…

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