The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative has announced the formation of a new Bilateral Evaluation and Dispute Resolution Office that will monitor China’s implementation of its commitments under the phase one trade agreement with the U.S. and work with China’s corresponding office to address disputes that arise over implementation matters.

According to USTR, the two offices will hold monthly meetings to discuss implementation issues, which will also be discussed quarterly at the deputy USTR-vice minister level and semi-annually at the USTR-vice premier level. These offices will also be the first to hold consultations aimed at resolving any formally initiated implementation disputes, which can then be escalated to the deputy USTR-vice minister and USTR-vice premier levels if necessary. If any such dispute is not resolved through these consultations, the complaining party may take “proportionate responsive action that it deems appropriate” after providing advance notice.

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