Trans-Pacific Partnership: Sherrod Brown Urges Transparency for “NAFTA for Asia”

By: Monday June 11, 2012 1:34 pm

Some Senate Democrats and even some Republicans are concerned about a controversial trade deal known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which critics have denounced as “NAFTA for Asia.” And they are making their opinions known to the Obama Administration about the relative secrecy under which the deal is being negotiated. As first reported by Zach Carter [...]

US Announces Additional Trade Enforcement Actions Against China

By: Tuesday March 13, 2012 7:44 am

The President announced in his State of the Union address a Trade Enforcement Unit that would broadly look at unfair trade practices around the world, particularly with China, and use the international mechanisms available to stop them. The first post-SOTU case of the new trade enforcement policy concerns rare earth minerals: Five separate issues — [...]

US Announces Trade Enforcement Action on Chicken Tariffs

By: Tuesday September 20, 2011 10:13 am

This was rumored yesterday, and now we know: the US has filed another complaint against China at the WTO, this one over Chinese tariffs on US chicken producers. The United States filed a complaint Tuesday with the World Trade Organization that says China violated international trade rules when it imposed tariffs last year on U.S. [...]

Obama Administration Begins Process for Passing Three Free Trade Deals

By: Wednesday May 4, 2011 1:46 pm

The White House will move forward on a trade agenda that could ramp up quickly. The South Korea, Panama and Colombia free trade deals could all come up for a vote later this year. The administration is expected to send congressional leaders a letter as soon as Wednesday saying it is ready to begin preliminary [...]

Agreement on Workers’ Rights and Protections Clears Way for Colombia Free Trade Agreement

By: Wednesday April 6, 2011 11:55 am

President Obama’s trade representative announced today an agreement with Colombia that will allow them to move forward on a free trade agreement. House Republicans had been demanding free trade pacts with Colombia and Panama as a condition for passing an already-negotiated FTA with South Korea. The Colombia deal was always going to be tricky, because [...]

Senate GOP Holds Commerce Department Hostage Over Trade Deals

By: Tuesday March 15, 2011 12:53 pm

I touched on this in last night’s Roundup, but it’s really something. Republicans in the Senate are using the means at their disposal offered to them by the failure to enact Senate rules reform to hold a Cabinet position hostage in exchange for some ideologically favored trade agenda. Congressional Republicans Monday threatened to block votes [...]

Gary Locke to Leave Commerce Secretary Job to Become US Ambassador to China

By: Tuesday March 8, 2011 9:05 am

How about a little musical cabinet? Jon Huntsman, the former Utah Governor, is leaving his post as the US Ambassador to China to explore a run for the Republican nomination for President (that “member of the Obama Administration” data point on his resume will surely get him far). Ambassador to China has become a fairly [...]

US Wants Talks with China Over Illegal Wind Power Subsidies

By: Thursday December 23, 2010 12:00 pm

The United States has made a complaint to the WTO over Chinese wind power subisides, which artificially props up their market in global competition. The US says China is illegally subsidising the production of wind power equipment and has asked the World Trade Organisation (WTO) for talks. It estimates China has given several hundred million [...]

US Trade Representative Will Investigate China’s Greentech Policies

By: Friday October 15, 2010 10:04 am

Could this be a prelude to the Treasury Department’s actions? The US Trade Representative, Ron Kirk, just launched an investigation into China’s green technology investment and trade policies. The United Steelworkers petitioned the Obama Administration for an investigation into these policies in September, after revealing that China illegally subsidizes local exporters of green tech, among [...]

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