President Trump has begun the process to investigate China's actions regarding Intellectual Property Rights

Trade -- August 14, 2017

President Trump has ordered the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Lighthizer to determine if he will "investigate any of China's laws, policies, practices, or actions that may be unreasonable or discriminatory and that may be harming American intellectual property rights, innovation, or technology development." This is one possible first step for the process that would allow the U.S. Government to use Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974 to "impose duties or other import restrictions" on China.

USTR Lighthizer responded that "China industrial policies and other practices reportedly have forced the transfer of vital U.S. technology to Chinese companies. We will engage in a thorough investigation and, if needed, take action to preserve the future of U.S. industry… This will be one of...

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Trump Administration Formalizes NAFTA Renegotiations

Trade -- May 18, 2017

US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer officially gave the required 90-day notification to Congress of the administration's intent to "modernize" and renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Therefore, negotiations can begin on or after August 16th. Lighthizer states that some of the objectives of renegotiation will include updating chapters on "digital trade", "intellectual property rights, regulatory practices, state-owned enterprises, services, customs procedures, sanitary and phytosanitary measures, labor, environment and small and medium enterprises" while seeking "effective implementation and aggressive enforcement of the commitments made by our trading partners". The notification does not provide more specific details about which provisions of NAFTA will...

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Memo withdrawing the US from the Trans-Pacific Partnership

Trade -- January 23, 2017

This presidential memorandum formally withdraws the United States as a signatory to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and withdraws the United States from future TPP negotiations. The memo also affirms the government’s goal of pursuing bilateral trade negotiations wherever possible.

The final proposal for the TPP was signed on February 04, 2016 by the twelve member states, but it now cannot be ratified due to the withdrawal of the United States.

Memorandum - Withdrawal of the United States From the Trans- Pacific Partnership Negotiations and Agreement

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