Simon Lester

Australian Company with Key Chinese Shareholder Brings ISDS Complaint Against Denmark, Greenland on Rare Earth Mine

Greenland Minerals A/S ("GMAS") has brought a contract-based ISDS complaint against the governments of Greenland (known as "Naalakkersuisut") and Denmark in response to a Greenland law that bans uranium prospecting, exploration, and exploitation, and which interferes with the company's Kvanefjeld rare earths project in southern Greenland.

USTR General Counsel Comments on U.S. Trade Policy Towards China

At a conference at Georgetown University Law Center today, Greta Peisch, the General Counsel at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, was asked about U.S. trade policy towards China, in general and on various specific issues.

New Think Tank Report Considers Size of Chinese Industrial Subsidies, Compares to Other Countries

A new report published by the think tank CSIS attempts to quantify Chinese industrial subsidies and compares them to the subsidy levels of certain other industrialized countries. One of its core findings is that while all of these countries provide subsidies, China's subsidies are higher as a percentage of GDP.

Members of Congress Continue Push for Funding to Enforce Uyghur Forced Labor Bill

A bipartisan group of members of Congress who head up the Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC) sent a letter to the leaders of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees "requesting expanded funding for U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to vigorously enforce the import restrictions required by the Uyghur

Canada Excludes Huawei, ZTE from 5G Market

After a long period of internal debate and discussion, Canada announced last week that it would exclude the Chinese telecom companies Huawei and ZTE from its 5G market and the broad range of products connected to it.

CTM Weekly Newsletter

This past week, CTM covered the following issues: Chinese IP court rulings on foreign trademarks, a Chinese antitrust investigation, Chinese foreign investment data and challenges against a Chinese government expropriation of a foreign investment, remarks by Chinese political leaders on trade issues, and Chinese objections to U.S. competitiveness legislation.

China Removes Restrictions on Canadian Canola Seeds

The Canadian government announced yesterday that "Canada has been advised that China has reinstated access to its market for two Canadian companies that China Customs had suspended from exporting canola seed to China since March 2019." The Chinese restrictions had been the subject of a Canadian request for a WTO
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