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The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is denying a press report suggesting it gave the green light to a Cargill plant located in China to export Chinese-slaughtered poultry to the United States, but its assurances to the contrary have failed to satisfy a U.S. food safety advocacy group.

Senior officials from seven key World Trade Organization members -- the United States, European Union, Brazil, Japan, China, India and Australia -- will meet in Geneva Sept. 15-16 to discuss what possible outcomes from the Doha Round could be achieved by the December ministerial meeting in Nairobi, Kenya, as the Doha negotiations themselves remain deadlocked, according to informed sources.

U.S. steel companies are taking advantage of changes to U.S. trade remedy law enacted in June in order to bolster their chances of success in new petitions for antidumping (AD) and countervailing duties (CVD) on cold-rolled and hot-rolled steel, although lawyers close to petitioners and respondents said these changes will not likely be a decisive factor in whether these cases are successful.

Ahead of Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit to Washington in September, the U.S. tech industry is raising alarms about the size and scale of support the Chinese government is using to bolster its burgeoning domestic semiconductor industry.

U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman last weekend stopped in Beijing for a one-day meeting with Chinese officials ahead of the 20th round of the negotiations for a U.S.-China bilateral investment treaty (BIT) taking place there this week.