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The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative announced today (May 27) that it has requested a compliance panel in the World Trade Organization over China's continued trade remedy duties on U.S. broiler chicken products in violation of a 2013 adverse panel ruling.

The United States at the June 6-8 bilateral Strategic & Economic Dialogue in Beijing will press China to rein in production of steel and aluminum in an attempt to resolve global overcapacity of those commodities, Treasury Undersecretary for International Affairs Nathan Sheets said on May 24.

U.S.-China Business Council Senior Vice President Erin Ennis late last week said that China is examining what it would take to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership even though the country is not yet able to comply with the agreement's commitments, and she called for more openness on the U.S. side to the possibility of China joining the deal.

The European Commission has come under increasing pressure from the European Parliament as well as France and Germany to take a new approach that would continue the use of non-market economy (NME) methodology for China in trade remedy cases after mid-December, as the U.S. government has maintained is possible.

China has moved to escalate the fight over what it claims are “unlawful” standards and methodologies the U.S. applies in countervailing duty investigations with China and alleged the U.S. continues to violate key concepts of the Agreement on Subsidies and Countervailing Measures by failing to live up to a 2014 Appellate Body ruling, according to a May 13 consultation request.