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In the News: Tariffs, DOC Resignation, Kenya Talks, China Deal

Thursday, July 09, 2020
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WTO signals national security no longer trump card in trade disputes

“The ruling is one more example of the extensive reach of WTO obligations beyond such traditional trade topics as tariffs. And it is evidence anew of the limited reach of the exceptions to those obligations for professed purposes of national security.”

[Newsweek]

DOC official resigns, viewed as moderating voice on China export issues

“‘He’s thoughtful and rational, neither an ideologue nor a pushover,’ said Washington lawyer Kevin Wolf, a former Commerce official. ‘He really has taken on the role of working through the regs and trying to administer the system properly.’”

[Reuters]

U.S., Kenya launch trade agreement negotiations

“In addition to the launch of trade negotiations, the United States and Kenya agreed on a Strategic Cooperation Framework to provide technical assistance and trade capacity building in Kenya with the aim of maximizing Kenya’s utilization of the African Growth and Opportunity Act trade benefits for the remaining years of the preference program, which is scheduled to expire in 2025.  The Framework will also support the development and competitiveness of key agricultural value chains in Kenya.”

[USTR]

Trade groups urge China to increase purchases of U.S. goods, services

“The chamber and other U.S. industry groups urged both sides to accelerate implementation of the trade agreement, arguing that it would help both countries while paving the way for Phase 2 talks on other key issues such as subsidies, cybersecurity and digital trade.”

[Reuters]

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