UK wants to revive U.S. trade talks

“UK officials have now drawn up plans for a multi-stage road map, according to the people. The first step would be a formal agreement covering areas that were largely concluded in talks with the Trump administration, such as enhancing opportunities for small and medium-sized enterprises. The next would be to negotiate unresolved issues not relating to market access. The final stage would be the most politically and technically difficult: negotiating market access and the reduction or removal of tariffs.”


China eyes banning export of rare earth magnet technology

“As the United States tightens its grip on semiconductor technologies, also crucial for high-tech products, China, a major producer of some rare earth minerals, is apparently trying to dominate industries where it already has a large market share and expand its economic clout in growing sectors relying on such magnets.”

[Kyodo News]

Four Asian countries lead in U.S. chip diversification move

“The February figures are the latest to show the US diversifying its electronics supply chain, including through moves such as Apple Inc.’s gradual shift of iPhone production out of China to places like India.”


Vietnam, Israel conclude negotiations for free trade pact

“Vietnam’s largest exports to Israel include smartphones, footwear, and seafood. Its main imports from Israel are electronics and fertilizer.”

[The Diplomat]

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