Princess Reema bint Bandar Says American Childhood Prepared Her for Ambassadorship
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Princess Reema bint Bandar Says American Childhood Prepared Her for Ambassadorship
2021-06-01 14:38:50
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — Her Royal Highness Princess Reema bint Bandar remembers DC’s cicadas. In fact, she says she lived through the “cicada invasion” twice during her “non-diplomatic, but highly socially-connected” childhood in Northern Virginia while her father served as Saudi Arabian... Read More

Tai Dedicates First Speech as USTR to Greening of U.S. Trade Policy
Trade
Tai Dedicates First Speech as USTR to Greening of U.S. Trade Policy
2021-04-19 14:15:16
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — On March 17, 2021, Ambassador Katherine Tai was confirmed as U.S Trade Representative by unanimous vote in the Senate. Just a month later, in her first speech as USTR, Tai explained how the benefits of global trade could... Read More

Retaliatory Sanctions Have Emboldened China's Critics In Europe
Geopolitics
Retaliatory Sanctions Have Emboldened China's Critics In Europe
2021-04-12 16:30:36
by Daniel Mollenkamp

WASHINGTON- Retaliatory sanctions imposed by China on Europeans in March have emboldened China's most vocal critics in Europe, who hope to push against the country's human rights abuses. In March, the E.U., U.K., U.S., and Canada issued coordinated sanctions against... Read More

Supply Bottlenecks Leave Ships Stranded, Businesses Stymied
Economy
Supply Bottlenecks Leave Ships Stranded, Businesses Stymied

NEW YORK (AP) — A trade bottleneck born of the COVID-19 outbreak has U.S. businesses anxiously awaiting goods from Asia — while off the coast of California, dozens of container ships sit anchored, unable to unload their cargo.  The pandemic... Read More

Troubled US-China Ties Face New Test in Alaska Meeting
Geopolitics
Troubled US-China Ties Face New Test in Alaska Meeting

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and China will face a new test in their increasingly troubled relations when top officials from both countries meet in Alaska. Ties between the world's two largest economies have been torn for years and... Read More

White House Suspends Tariffs on Scotch Whiskey and EU Wine
Trade
White House Suspends Tariffs on Scotch Whiskey and EU Wine
2021-03-05 20:34:09
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON – The White House on Thursday agreed to suspend millions of dollars worth of tariffs on U.K. exports, including Scotch whisky, as part of an effort to resolve a long-running trans-Atlantic trade dispute over aerospace subsidies. In a joint... Read More

Biden to Meet With Mexican President Amid Migration Issues
Geopolitics
Biden to Meet With Mexican President Amid Migration Issues

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — President Joe Biden is planning a virtual meeting Monday with Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador — a chance for the pair to talk more fully about migration, confronting the coronavirus and cooperating on economic and... Read More

Panelists Call for Industrial Policy to Counter China’s Party-State Economic Approach
Geopolitics
Panelists Call for Industrial Policy to Counter China’s Party-State Economic Approach
2021-02-17 17:02:32
by Victoria Turner

The proposal for a national industrial policy took the stage Tuesday as a panel of experts grappled with how the U.S. government should respond to the increasing challenges posed by China’s “party-state capitalism.”  Panelists discussed the increased global growth of... Read More

Biden: China Should Expect `Extreme Competition' from US
Geopolitics
Biden: China Should Expect `Extreme Competition' from US

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden says China is in for "extreme competition" from the U.S. under his administration, but that the new relationship he wants to forge need not be one of conflict. In an interview broadcast Sunday, Biden... Read More

Senate Debates Tactics to Make America More Competitive with China
Trade
Senate Debates Tactics to Make America More Competitive with China
2020-12-17 14:36:00
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Senate continued a hardline crackdown on China Wednesday during a hearing on how to ratchet up American economic competitiveness. Economic advisors repeated warnings that the U.S. government needs to create more incentives for domestic industries that... Read More

UK’s Truss in Washington to Press for Post-Brexit Trade Deal
Trade
UK’s Truss in Washington to Press for Post-Brexit Trade Deal

U.K. International Trade Secretary Liz Truss will meet with her U.S. counterpart Robert Lighthizer in Washington on Monday as part of the third round of talks to reach a trade deal between the two countries. Prime Minister Boris Johnson put... Read More

Analysis: How Bad Could US-China Relations Get?
Geopolitics
Analysis: How Bad Could US-China Relations Get?

BEIJING — Fears are rising on both sides of the Pacific that the U.S. and China could be headed for a total breakdown of relations and even outright conflict within the next few months. As the two powers ordered the... Read More

Pompeo Says US No Longer Considers Hong Kong Autonomous from China
Geopolitics
Pompeo Says US No Longer Considers Hong Kong Autonomous from China
2020-05-27 19:03:43
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Wednesday that he's informed Congress the State Department no longer considers Hong Kong to have significant autonomy under Chinese rule, a move seen as foreshadowing the end of some or all of... Read More

COVID-19-Driven Trade Decisions Must Ensure Free Flow of Goods
Geopolitics
COVID-19-Driven Trade Decisions Must Ensure Free Flow of Goods
2020-04-10 18:37:23
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Despite the continued uncertainties related to the COVID-19 virus, government officials trying to beat back the pandemic need to resist the temptation to erect new barriers to trade, an international trade watchdog said Friday. Further, the report said,... Read More

Expert Says USMCA Will Make North American Firms More Competitive
Trade
Expert Says USMCA Will Make North American Firms More Competitive
2020-03-27 13:40:19
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Although it barely caused a ripple given the understandable focus on the worldwide coronavirus outbreak, a historic new chapter in North American commerce began two weeks ago Friday, when Canada became the third and final country to ratify... Read More

Analysis: New US-China Trade Deal Leaves the Thorniest Problems Unresolved
Trade
Analysis: New US-China Trade Deal Leaves the Thorniest Problems Unresolved

WASHINGTON — After nearly two years of a bruising trade war, President Donald Trump signed a trade deal with China on Wednesday that provides the president with political bragging rights but allows both sides to put off the most difficult... Read More

Trump Says He'll Sign First-Step China Trade Deal on Jan. 15
Trade
Trump Says He'll Sign First-Step China Trade Deal on Jan. 15

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump says he will sign the first phase of a trade deal with China at the White House next month. Trump says Tuesday in a tweet that he'll then travel to Beijing... Read More

McBath Aims for Bipartisanship on Major Issues
Congress
McBath Aims for Bipartisanship on Major Issues
2019-12-19 16:11:36
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Last week was a typical whirlwind week in the life of Rep. Lucy McBath. In the space of five days, the Georgia Democrat, a member of the House Judiciary Committee, voted on impeachment, health care, trade and joined... Read More

No Date Set for U.S.-China ‘Phase Two’ Talks, Lighthizer Says
Trade
No Date Set for U.S.-China ‘Phase Two’ Talks, Lighthizer Says

WASHINGTON — No date has been set so far for the U.S. and China to kick off “phase two” trade talks, said U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, contradicting a suggestion by President Donald Trump that negotiations would start right away.... Read More

Peters Eschews Spotlight to Roll Up Sleeves and Get Things Done
Congress
Peters Eschews Spotlight to Roll Up Sleeves and Get Things Done
2019-12-10 19:52:13
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - In a divisive political era, Rep. Scott Peters, a California Democrat, still manages to find a way to reach across the aisle to get things done. Whether it’s introducing legislation to make cost-effective biosimilar drugs more accessible, leading... Read More

House, Trump Have Tentative Deal on North American Trade Pact
Trade
House, Trump Have Tentative Deal on North American Trade Pact
2019-12-09 22:18:53
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — House Democrats have reportedly reached a tentative agreement with labor leaders and the White House over a rewrite of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade deal, otherwise known as USMCA. News of the deal was initially reported by The Washington Post,... Read More

Murphy Shines Light On How U.S. Trade Policies Affect U.S. Quality of Life
Trade
Murphy Shines Light On How U.S. Trade Policies Affect U.S. Quality of Life
2019-11-19 22:29:24
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - It used to be that when the general public thought of big U.S. policy, it thought of things like cold and hot wars, international diplomacy and sweeping changes in civil rights legislation. Trade, if it came to mind... Read More

House Votes to Renew Export-Import Bank Charter Over GOP Opposition
Trade
House Votes to Renew Export-Import Bank Charter Over GOP Opposition
2019-11-18 18:57:05
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The House voted on Friday to renew the charter of the Export-Import Bank, the U.S. agency that provides loans and other help to foreign buyers of U.S. exports, despite opposition from Republican lawmakers. Despite the bank having historically... Read More

WTO Says China Can Impose Sanctions On $3.5B Worth Of US Goods
Trade
WTO Says China Can Impose Sanctions On $3.5B Worth Of US Goods
2019-11-01 20:38:40
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The World Trade Organization said Friday that China can place new trade sanctions on $3.5 billion of U.S. goods in retaliation for U.S. restrictions on Chinese furniture, steel products and solar panels. The award by an arbitration panel... Read More

White House Strikes Limited Trade Deal With China
In The News
White House Strikes Limited Trade Deal With China
2019-10-11 21:52:03
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The U.S. has come to a “very substantial phase one deal” with China, President Donald Trump said Friday. Though he offered scant details, the president declared that talks on a "phase two" trade deal "will start almost immediately.”... Read More

US, Japan Sign Limited Deal on Farming, Digital Trade Deals
Trade
US, Japan Sign Limited Deal on Farming, Digital Trade Deals

WASHINGTON — The U.S. and Japan signed a limited trade deal intended to boost markets for American farmers and give Tokyo assurances, for now, that President Donald Trump won’t impose tariffs on auto imports. The accords on agriculture and digital... Read More

Moderates Seen As Key to Ratifying U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Deal
Trade
Moderates Seen As Key to Ratifying U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Deal
2019-09-06 21:13:11
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - As Congress adjourned for its August recess, the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade deal, known as the USMCA, seemed to be the last thing on anyone's mind. At the time, an impending fiscal crisis had just been averted, and lawmakers, media... Read More

Kudlow Pushes Back On Recession, Says U.S.-China Calls Positive
Economy
Kudlow Pushes Back On Recession, Says U.S.-China Calls Positive

WASHINGTON — Larry Kudlow pushed back Sunday on the notion that the U.S. economy is headed toward a recession, and said recent phone calls between U.S. and Chinese trade negotiators had produced more “positive news.” Kudlow, the White House National... Read More

US Labels China a ‘Currency Manipulator’ As Stocks Fall And Trade War Worsens
Trade
US Labels China a ‘Currency Manipulator’ As Stocks Fall And Trade War Worsens

WASHINGTON — The U.S.-China trade war took a dangerous turn for the worse Monday as Beijing allowed its currency to weaken and said it was halting new American farm purchases, sending U.S. stocks in a tailspin and heightening risks of... Read More

US to Impose New Tariffs on $300 Billion of Chinese Goods Starting September 1
Trade
US to Impose New Tariffs on $300 Billion of Chinese Goods Starting September 1
2019-08-02 18:26:26
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump announced Thursday the U.S. is placing an additional 10% tariff on $300 billion worth of Chinese goods, effective September 1. “Trade talks are continuing, and during the talks the U.S. will start, on September 1st,... Read More

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