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The House Appropriations Committee on Wednesday (May 20) is slated to consider a draft spending bill that maintains requirements for government agencies to use extra caution when buying Chinese-made technology products.

Republicans on the House Ways & Means Committee have urged the Obama administration to take a tough line on China’s participation in the negotiations for a Trade In Services Agreement (TISA) by providing evidence to Congress that China can meet the high standards envisioned in the deal. 

A provision included in the customs bills passed by the congressional trade committees last month would force Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to disburse to U.S. producers of honey, crawfish, garlic and mushrooms a greater amount of the money it collects through litigation against bond companies to recover unpaid antidumping (AD) duties on these products.

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative this week welcomed as a major trade enforcement victory China’s announcement that it has eliminated export duties on rare earth minerals, tungsten and molybdenum, but vowed to monitor closely if China fully complies with an underlying World Trade Organization ruling.

The Treasury Department's top official for international affairs on Wednesday (April 29) highlighted four areas that he said would be addressed at the U.S.-China Strategic & Economic Dialogue (S&ED) this summer in order to prepare for more concrete outcomes during a state visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping in September.