U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer concluded another round of trade talks with their Chinese counterparts last week in Beijing. Much of this round centered on how to handle key structural issues surrounding technology transfer and data storage.
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On March 14, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin shared with reporters that the Trump-Xi summit, originally scheduled for late March, would be pushed back because American and Chinese trade negotiators are still working to address unspecified issues. The Wall Street Journal reported on March 19 that negotiators are hoping to finalize a deal by late April.
Last week, American and Chinese officials held trade talks in Beijing over a five-day period. From Feb. 11 to Feb. 13, a lower-level American delegation, led by Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Jeffrey Gerrish, focused on “technical details” and on the question of enforcement of any possible trade agreement. Feb. 14 and Feb. 15 saw high-level talks between Chinese Vice Premier Liu He and U.S. Trade Rep.
On Jan. 28, the U.S. Department of Justice unveiled two sweeping indictments against Huawei. At a press conference, Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker first discussed the 10-count indictment unsealed in the Western District of Washington.
The new year has not brought Chinese telecommunications firms any relief from scrutiny from U.S. lawmakers and law enforcement officials. On Jan. 16, Sens. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) and Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) introduced the Telecommunications Denial Order Enforcement Act in the Senate, while Reps.
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The meeting between President Trump and President Xi Jinping at the G20 summit in Buenos Aires kicked off a slew of activity on the trade war front. On Dec. 1, the two leaders agreed to a 90-day truce during which the United States would delay plans to increase tariffs to 25 percent from ten percent on $200 billion worth of Chinese imports.
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The United States government is taking on a new and aggressive campaign against Chinese agents accused of industrial espionage. In the week before his departure as attorney general, Jeff Sessions announced a “China Initiative” to support the Department of Justice’s “strategic priority of countering Chinese national security threats.” The initiative, which was rolled out on Nov.