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Convincing China to allow imports of U.S. beef and hastening Beijing’s approval of genetically modified U.S. corn traits will be top priorities of President Trump’s pick for ambassador to China, Terry Branstad, the Iowa governor said on Feb. 23 during remarks at the U.S. Department of Agriculture Outlook Forum.

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The U.S. International Trade Commission, as part of an investigation of global aluminum production and overcapacity issues, has received a slew of comments from interested parties slamming China for practices that allegedly have an adverse impact on U.S. and other producers.

Analysts and industry sources say the 2016 elections of President Trump and Taiwan's relatively pro-U.S. President Tsai Ing-wen may create the best chance in years for a free trade agreement between the two countries, although observers warn that multiple hurdles remain in striking a bilateral deal.

U.S. Steel has filed a motion to withdraw its section 337 trade secrets claim against Chinese manufacturer Baosteel in a broader case at the U.S. International Trade Commission, with the U.S. steelmaker suggesting that “corporate victim[s]” of state-sponsored cyber espionage face undue burdens in proving a case under current law.

U.S. Steel has dodged Chinese efforts to fully derail the company's false-designation-of-origin claim in an ongoing section 337 case at the U.S. International Trade Commission, where Administrative Law Judge Dee Lord has “narrowly” decided to deny Chinese respondents’ motion to impose sanctions on U.S. Steel.

A report on issues in the U.S.-China trade relationship by the Congressional Research Service describes the bilateral situation as full of complexities and disagreements while also highlighting contrasting views on how to address disputes with China.