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The United States and European Union at a March 21 meeting of the World Trade Organization Dispute Settlement Body slammed China for requesting a panel in its complaint over the EU’s continuing treatment of China as a non-market economy in trade remedy cases.

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U.S. Steel's recent withdrawal of a section 337 trade secrets claim against Chinese manufacturer Baosteel has stirred vigorous discussion among trade lawyers about whether the current slate of trade-secret misappropriation tools is adequate for responding to, and deterring, economic espionage by state-controlled actors against private entities.

A slew of industry groups has issued a fresh request to President Trump to immediately provide duty-free access to the U.S. for all eligible travel goods products in the Generalized System of Preferences from all GSP countries.

President Trump's pick for U.S. Trade Representative is keen to improve the United States' trade relationship with Taiwan, is open to pursuing 'additional negotiations' with Taiwan and will seek to resolve beef and pork market access issues, according to responses to questions for the record posed by members of the Senate Finance Committee following the nominee's confirmation hearing last week.

Following his confirmation hearing last week, President Trump's pick for U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer responded affirmatively to every request made by Senate Finance Committee members in their questions for the record to tackle what they see as unfair Chinese trade policies.

For the first time, aluminum groups from the U.S., Canada and the EU are urging G-20 leaders to address overcapacity in the industry through the creation of a global forum as a possible multilateral solution to the issue, pointing to the forum on steel excess capacity that resulted from last year's summit.