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In the News: U.S.-China Talks, Trade Secrets, Steel Tariffs, Illegal Fishing

Wednesday, January 09, 2019
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China taking U.S. talks seriously, experts say

Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg’s Nicole Bivens Collinson “pointed to the fact that Chinese vice-premier Liu He was the most senior among the at least 100 Chinese officials appearing in leaked photographs this week as evidence of how carefully the Chinese have choreographed the occasion. ‘I tip my hat and say: ‘well played.’ The US said these are preliminary negotiations and sent over a paltry team of five or six, embassy personnel and translators bring it up to maybe 14,’ added Collinson. ‘The Chinese were visually showing the world that China is committed to this, that China is trying to reach an agreement where the US is not really interested in negotiating.’”

[South China Morning Post]

U.S. initiative seeks to bolster protection of trade secrets

“The National Counter-Intelligence and Security Center, which coordinates counter-intelligence efforts within the U.S. government, launched the outreach campaign to address persistent concerns that many companies are not doing enough to guard against cyber theft.”

[Reuters]

No talks planned on U.S. metals tariffs after Trudeau-Trump chat

“‘There are no specific negotiations taking place, nor are there any specific negotiations scheduled.’”

[Reuters]

EU lifts “yellow card” from Thailand over illegal fishing

The decision “reverses the first step of a process that could have led to a complete import ban of marine fisheries products into the EU” from Thailand.

[European Commission]

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