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This week’s U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade (JCCT) failed to yield a firm commitment from Beijing officials to shorten China’s phaseout periods for tariffs covered by an expanded Information Technology Agreement (ITA), according to U.S. industry sources.

The just-concluded Joint Committee on Commerce and Trade (JCCT) meeting resulted in Chinese pledges to refrain from discriminating against foreign companies through information and communications technology (ICT) regulations focused on security as well as a commitment for better protection of trade secrets amid an outcome that otherwise offers little more than promises of further discussing bilateral trade promises.

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Monday (Nov. 23) announced that China has "indicated" it will move expeditiously to review authorization applications for 11 pending agricultural biotechnology traits, but only pledged to continue talks on market access for U.S. beef products. He expressed hope for progress both issues in the next two months.

China this week warned members of the World Trade Organization that it may take legal action against them if they fail to drop by mid-December next year laws and regulations that allow the use of surrogate cost and price data in antidumping (AD) cases involving China.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump this week disparaged the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal partially because it lacks rules on currency manipulation, which he argued could benefit China if it were to join at some point in the future. Trump described the TPP as being designed for China's eventual accession.