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U.S. and Chinese officials locked horns this week over U.S....

The United States and China appear to have tabled in March differing proposals on tariff phaseouts in the World Trade Organization's plurilateral Environmental Goods Agreement, with the U.S. proposal aligning with phaseouts used in the Information Technology Agreement and the Chinese proposal offering developing countries more protection than developed countries would receive, according to documents obtained by Inside U.S. Trade this week.

Concluding a plurilateral Environmental Goods Agreement, completing negotiations on a bilateral investment treaty (BIT) and addressing China's overcapacity in steel and other products are among the Obama administration’s top remaining economic priorities with respect to China, U.S. officials told the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on April 26.

China is willing to consider eliminating tariffs on far fewer products than the majority of participants negotiating a World Trade Organization plurilateral Environmental Goods Agreement, putting a major brake on progress in the talks, according to Geneva sources.

Four days after filing a section 201 safeguard petition on primary unwrought aluminum, the United Steelworkers (USW) union today (April 22) formally withdrew it from consideration by the International Trade Commission without explanation. The petition faced opposition from the Canadian government as well as the U.S. and Canadian industries.