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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.

Chinese policies aimed at developing a stronger semiconductor sector are among a laundry list of emerging challenges posed by Beijing that representatives of the U.S. tech industry are urging President Obama to address during Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit to Washington in September.

Congressional trade staff who are negotiating a compromise between the House and Senate customs bills have agreed that Customs & Border Protection (CBP) will be put in charge of investigating allegations that importers have circumvented antidumping and countervailing duty orders, but have failed to settle whether any evasion decisions could be challenged in court, according to private-sector sources.