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As the Trump administration readies a rollout of its Section 301 findings and remedies against Beijing later this week, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Tuesday repeated a longstanding -- and unfulfilled -- promise that his government was taking steps to “fully” protect intellectual property rights and abandon forced technology transfers.

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The National Foreign Trade Council wants the chairmen and ranking members of the Senate Finance and House Ways & Means committees to press U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer on the Trump administration’s China strategy as it prepares to unveil the findings of its Section 301 investigation, warning its current tack could be a flop.  

The White House will refrain from revealing the findings of its Section 301 investigation and remedies on Chinese products and investments until after U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer testifies before two key committees this week, sources familiar with the announcement told Inside U.S. Trade.

There's no secret about what’s coming in the next chapter of U.S.-China trade relations – a tariff hit for China, higher than what was reportedly recommended by U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer as a result of USTR’s 301 probe of China’s intellectual property and technology transfer practices. Sources expect at least double the $30 million tariff level USTR has been said to have recommended, and possibly as much as $100 million. They say $60 billion is the president’s “floor.”

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer on Monday swore into office Jeffrey Gerrish as his deputy for Asia, Europe, the Middle East and industrial competitiveness.

The U.S. International Trade Commission on Monday terminated the final claim brought by U.S. Steel in a two-year-long Section 337 investigation against Chinese steel manufacturers, giving the ITC the option of imposing remedies on any defaulting respondents in the probe.