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EU Lawmaker Says China Should Join TISA Only After Deal Is Nearly Done

The European Parliament's rapporteur for the Trade in Services Agreement (TISA) has said she would like to see China become a member to the agreement, but only after those countries currently negotiating it either reach a deal or are close to concluding one.

Treasury Official: Currency Provisions Best Handled Outside Of TPP

A senior Treasury Department official late last week cited progress in combating currency manipulation made with China through the Strategic & Economic Dialogue (S&ED), as well as overall progress in international fora such as the G7 and G20, as proof that the issue is best handled outside of trade deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

Obama Reiterates Call For TPA, Says Bill Would 'Protect' U.S. Workers

President Barack Obama used his national weekend address to repeat his call on Congress to give him Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), and painted the free trade deals that his administration is negotiating as critical tools for protecting the interests of American workers in the face of a looming threat from China.

House Republican Leaders Urge Obama To Fight Harder Against China Cybersecurity Rules

House Republican leaders last week urged President Obama to fight harder against Chinese cybersecurity policies that require companies to turn over highly sensitive information to the Chinese government for information communications technology (ICT) products and services.

China Announces It Will Not Expand December GPA Offer To More Entities

In an unexpected move, China this week announced to signatories of the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA) that it does not intend to improve the market access concessions it made in its latest accession offer presented in December 2014, but is willing to negotiate exclusions it has proposed.

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Holleyman: U.S. Seeks Delay Of Chinese Cybersecurity Regs, Sees Trade Barrier

Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Robert Holleyman Thursday (Feb. 12) said administration officials at the cabinet level have urged China to delay new regulations in the banking sector that would require companies to turn over highly sensitive information about their information and communication technology for the stated purpose of enhancing cybersecurity.

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