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U.S.-China BIT 'Core Text' Still Outstanding, Beijing 'Negative List' Offer Could Spur Progress: Business Rep

The United States and China have missed their goal of reaching agreement on the core text of a bilateral investment treaty (BIT) by the end of 2014, but negotiations toward a deal could pick up speed in the first half of this year if Beijing comes forward with an offer that limits investment only in a narrow way, according to a U.S. business official.

Commerce Preliminarily Finds Chinese Tire Firms Are Dumping Exports

The U.S. Department of Commerce this week preliminarily found that Chinese firms are dumping passenger and truck tires on the U.S. market at margins between 19.17 and 87.99 percent below their fair value and directed customs officials to begin collecting cash deposits at the border based on these rates.

ITC Vote Sets Stage For New Duties On Solar Products From China, Taiwan

The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) on Wednesday (Jan. 21) found the U.S. industry is materially injured or threatened with injury by imports of solar energy products from China and Taiwan, in a step that paves the way for the U.S. to slap duties on solar products from China for the second time in three years.

U.S. Steel Industry To Push For New Currency Bill To Move Along With TPA

U.S. steelmakers are pushing to ensure that any potential bill to renew Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) moves together with legislation being drafted by Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Jeff Sessions (R-AL) that aims to combat currency manipulation by foreign trading partners, according to the head of a major U.S. steel industry group.

European Parliament Lays Out TISA Demands, Including China Participation

The European Parliament rapporteur on the Trade in Services Agreement (TISA) has laid out t10 demands that must be met for a final agreement to be acceptable to its members, including having China participate in the negotiations now taking place among selected members of the World Trade Organization.

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China, Korea Hold Bilaterals On ITA Product Scope, But Talks Still Stalled

China and Korea have continued their bilateral exchange on the product scope of an expanded Information Technology Agreement (ITA), but so far have failed to settle their differences.


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