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Senate Foreign Relations ranking member Ben Cardin (D-MD) is blasting the Trump administration's linkage of U.S. trade policy toward China with action on North Korea as dangerous and beneficial only for China.

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Senate Democrats have unveiled a new, seven-point trade platform that includes views on NAFTA and Buy America reform, along with calling for a new economic security investment watchdog, measures to counter currency manipulation, creating a new trade prosecutor position, penalties for contractors that outsource, and an outsourcing tax for companies that leave the U.S.

Ahead of a planned Section 301 investigation by the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative that could be announced as early as this week, Senate Finance Committee ranking member Ron Wyden (D-OR) on Wednesday asked USTR Robert Lighthizer to investigate China's forced technology transfer policies and, as a result of that probe, take “appropriate action.”

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative’s top priorities are ensuring the Department of Commerce can continue to apply antidumping and countervailing duties to counter Chinese policies and “rigorous” enforcement in the intellectual property rights space, the agency said in a report to Congress outlining its trade enforcement objectives.

The Commerce Department is giving itself an additional 50 days to issue a preliminary determination in an ongoing antidumping investigation into imports of Chinese aluminum foil, following a similar delay in the concurrent countervailing duty case.

The White House should order the national security watchdog Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States to prevent all mergers and acquisitions by Chinese companies in the United States until Beijing takes meaningful steps to rein in North Korean aggression, Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) wrote in a letter to President Trump.