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On Tuesday, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer testified before the Senate Finance Committee to discuss a question that is central to the Trump Administration’s trade policy agenda:  What is the future of the World Trade Organization (WTO)?  As the 25th anniversary of the 1994 creation of the WTO (in its current form) approaches, the Trump Administration has been vocal in its criticism of the WTO’s shortcomings and failure to abide by the text of the…
European Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmström was in Washington, D.C. last week for exploratory trade talks with U.S. officials.  Although Malmström does not yet have a mandate to move ahead on EU-U.S. trade negotiations, which requires authorization by the European Council, both sides surely had plenty to discuss at this stage. Two months ago, both the EU and the United States released their respective negotiating directives that highlight a disagreement over whether to include agriculture…
The Trump Administration has issued its 2019 trade policy agenda in a several hundred page report to the Congress.  The report covers a broad range of trade topics, many of which have been at the forefront of the Administration’s agenda for the past couple of years.  These include renegotiating the NAFTA into the USMCA, WTO reform, use of legal tools such as Sections 232 and 301 to impose tariffs on a variety of global imports,…
In a joint statement issued yesterday, the United States and Japan announced that the two countries will begin discussions to enter into a bilateral trade deal.  The announcement comes after President Trump and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe attended a Summit Meeting in New York to discuss a host of issues, including trade.  The joint statement highlighted that the two countries will enter into negotiations for a trade agreement that will cover goods and services, as…