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ITA Breakthrough Spurs Talk Of Concluding Agreement In December

The breakthrough reached between the United States and China this week in the talks to expand the product scope of the Information Technology Agreement (ITA) has set the stage for what Geneva sources are saying could be the final push to reach a deal at an expected but still-unannounced round of talks in December.

Obama Administration, Business Wary On China UnionPay Announcement

The Obama administration and U.S. companies are reacting cautiously to an Oct. 29 announcement from China's State Council that it will open up the country's market for electronic payment processing to locally-established foreign companies, a move with implications for a years-long World Trade Organization dispute between the two nations.

FDA May Entrust China More With Ensuring Safety Of Seafood Exports: Official

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in the near term may decrease port-of-entry inspections of farm-raised seafood from China and increasingly entrust Chinese authorities with verifying that the country's aquaculture exports are free of illegal animal drug residues, according to a senior agency official.

U.S. Producers Criticize USDA Effort To Allow Citrus Imports From China

Citrus growers in major producing states like Florida and California are raising alarm over a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) proposal to open the continental United States to imports of citrus fruits from China, warning it could introduce devastating pests to U.S. orchards and invite heavy economic competition from subsidized Chinese farmers.

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Obama-Xi Visit Ends With Few Economic Outcomes Other Than ITA, Visas

President Obama's state visit to China ended on Tuesday (Nov. 12) with joint pledges to continue talks on a bilateral investment treaty (BIT), a new international deal curbing export credits, and their persisting differences over the use of agricultural biotechnology.

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