In a joint statement, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and U.S. Trade Representative listed a number of steps taken that should help boost U.S. exports of beef, poultry and other farm products to China, and said U.S. food and agricultural products exports were benefiting from Chinese tariff relief.|  REUTERS/Aly Song photo

USDA, USTR cite progress on farm provisions of U.S.-China trade deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States and China have made progress in implementing the agriculture-related provisions of a Phase 1 trade deal that took effect on Feb. 14, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and U.S. Trade Representative said on Tuesday. In a joint statement, they listed a number of steps taken that should help boost […] Read more

Countries are not allowed to enter into trade deals that discriminate against other trading partners and Larry Herman, an international trade lawyer with Toronto-based Herman and Associates, said that is exactly what is happening.
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U.S.-China trade deal violates WTO: lawyer

An international trade lawyer says countries are not allowed to enter into deals that discriminate against other countries

A former Canadian diplomat says the recently announced trade deal between the United States and China flagrantly violates World Trade Organization rules. “It is a highly objectionable agreement in that it offends global trade rules in a major way,” said Larry Herman, an international trade lawyer with Toronto-based Herman and Associates. Countries are not allowed […] Read more

Neither side has released many specific details of the agreement, which the United States says is 86 pages. | REUTERS/Aly Song photo

What is actually in the U.S.-China ‘Phase One’ trade deal?

(Reuters) – The United States and China have agreed on the terms of a “Phase One” trade deal that reduces some U.S. tariffs on Chinese goods and is said to boost Chinese purchases of American farm, energy and manufactured goods while addressing some disputes over intellectual property. Neither side has released many specific details of […] Read more