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Various members of the World Trade Organization have put forward a series of proposals aimed at cutting domestic support, but these proposals do not appear to address the overarching problems plaguing the negotiations, namely that the United States and China cannot agree on what cuts the other should make to its domestic support programs.

Chinese steel company Baosteel is asking the U.S. International Trade Commission to uphold the suspension of a 337 investigation that seeks to block all Chinese carbon and alloy steel products from entering the U.S. market, on the grounds that the bulk of the case has been or can be handled by the Commerce Department in antidumping or countervailing duty investigations.

A series of proposals forwarded last month by Canada to share and spread best practices in dispute settlement at the World Trade Organization gained some support leading up to a July 21 Dispute Settlement Body meeting, but lacked signatures from major dispute settlement players such as the United States and China.

In a 16-page letter to nine U.S. cabinet-level officials, Food & Water Watch has teamed up with the National Farmers Union to urge the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States to block a proposed acquisition of Swiss agribusiness Syngenta by the Chinese state-owned enterprise ChemChina.

Canada and China were successful in establishing two new panels involving disputes with the United States at the World Trade Organization Dispute Settlement Body meeting on July 21.