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Trains, Chips, and Servers: China Moves to Corner the IT Market

Posted in Manufacturing, Trade Agreement Compliance, Trade Negotiations, Trade Policy, World Trade Organization
The China Banking Regulatory Commission (CBRC) has issued a plan calling for “sinification” of the Chinese banking industry’s IT infrastructure, including computers, network equipment, data storage equipment, security devices, software, and other items. The plan would require that 75 percent of this IT infrastructure be Chinese-sourced by 2019.  While this state-mandated shift to domestic products… Continue Reading

WTO Decisions Create Questionable Standards for Subsidies Benchmarks

Posted in Dumping and Subsidies, Trade Agreement Compliance, Trade Remedies, World Trade Organization
In two recent disputes, the World Trade Organization (WTO) Appellate Body issued reports that make the world safer for subsidized exports.  Following decisions that restrict the Department of Commerce’s (“Commerce”) ability to identify state-owned enterprises as “public entities,” these reports raise important questions, including: Why is the Appellate Body issuing decisions that arguably safeguard state… Continue Reading

Who Manipulates Their Currency? Treasury says No One.

Posted in Manufacturing, Trade Agreement Compliance, World Trade Organization
On October 16, the U.S. Department of the Treasury released its Semi-Annual Report to Congress on International Economic and Exchange Rate Policies.  The report considers whether countries manipulate the rate of exchange between their currency and the United States dollar for purposes of preventing effective balance of payments adjustments or gaining unfair competitive advantage in… Continue Reading

WTO Dispute Resolution – Twenty Years Old, and an “Unprecedented Increase” in Disputes

Posted in World Trade Organization
The World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute settlement process, now 20 years old, is busier than ever.   At the Dispute Settlement Body’s (DSB) meeting on August 29, WTO Members reviewed the status of six ongoing disputes, which demonstrate the growth – and growing complexity – of dispute resolution.… Continue Reading