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After the U.S. concludes its Section 301 investigation into China’s intellectual property practices it could consider action on investment because there are fewer World Trade Organization restrictions in that area, former U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman said on Wednesday.

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A majority of member companies in the U.S.-China Business Council have concerns about intellectual property protection in China, see no impact from economic reforms Beijing announced years ago and face increased competition from Chinese private and state-owned firms that receive preferential treatment from the government, according to a new survey of U.S.-China Business Council members.

The Trump administration is looking to score easy political points at the cost of a stable bilateral trade relationship with China by self-initiating antidumping and countervailing duty probes into Chinese aluminum, the state-run media outlet Xinhua wrote in a commentary published Monday.

The Chinese Ministry Commerce has expressed “strong dissatisfaction” with the U.S. decision to file a third-party submission at the World Trade Organization in opposition to China’s complaint that the European Union ought to treat it as a market economy in antidumping cases, the Chinese state-run media outlet Xinhua reported Saturday.

The Senate passage of the tax bill on Dec. 2 frees up the administration to focus on the Section 232 investigation into the national security implications of steel imports, the Steel Manufacturers Association said on Saturday.

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative has for the first time advanced a detailed legal argument for why it believes World Trade Organization rules allow the U.S. to continue treating China as a non-market economy in antidumping cases.