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U.S. President Donald Trump looks on during a meeting with China's Vice Premier Liu He and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer (R) in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, U.S., February 22, 2019. Carlos Barria/Reuters

What to Look for in the “Phase One” U.S.-China Trade Deal

On Wednesday, January 15, Chinese Vice Premier Liu He and U.S. President Donald J. Trump will sign the “phase one” trade agreement that has been in the works since the March 22, 2018, determination under Section 301 that China’s policies and practices related to technology transfer, intellectual property, and innovation are unreasonable or discriminatory and burden or restrict U.S. commerce. Read More

December 13, 2019

Trade
Congress Should Use the USMCA Ratification Process to Restore Congressional Authority Over Trade

With the signing of the Protocol of Amendment to the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) on December 10, 2019, the battle over USMCA now moves to the Congress.

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December 11, 2019

Trade
The USMCA Breakthrough: The New U.S. Trade Consensus and What it Means for the World

In the history of the domestic politics of trade, the breakthrough announced this week on the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) is a genuine milestone. Following intensive negotiations—involving House Democrats, the Trump administration, labor unions, and the governments of Mexico and Canada—the three countries announced an agreement that will now lead to the ratification of a new trade architecture for North America. Robert Lighthizer, the U.S. trade representative, can fairly claim to have taken a big step in his promise to restore bipartisanship to U.S. trade policy.

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October 22, 2019

Trade
The October Truce on U.S.-China Trade Failed to Address Subsidies

Concern that China's subsidies caused a flood of cheap imports was what started the U.S.-China trade war in the first place, but subsidies were not mentioned even once when President Trump announced "phase one" of a trade deal with China. A genuine solution to the China trade problem will require forcefully addressing the unmentioned subsidy issues.

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