Simon Lester

FCC Commissioner Calls for Restrictions on Chinese Drone Maker

Yesterday, Republican FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr called for adding DJI, a Chinese drone company, to the FCC’s Covered List, which would prohibit federal money from being used to purchase its equipment. This list identifies "communications equipment and services ... that are deemed to pose an unacceptable risk to the national

Review of Solar CVD Looks At Chinese Currency Undervaluation

In an administrative review for a U.S. countervailing duty order for imports of crystalline silicon photovoltaic cells from China during 2019, the petitioners in the case alleged that Chinese currency undervaluation in this period constitutes a countervailable subsidy. The Department of Commerce (DOC) asked the Treasury Department for input

New Atlantic Council Report Discusses China's Role in International Standards

A new report by the Atlantic Council's GeoTech Center entitled "Standardizing the Future: How Can the United States Navigate the Geopolitics of International Technology Standards?" provides some helpful background and insights on China's role in international standards organizations. The report explains that it "examines China’s engagement with standards setting

New Congressional Bill Targets Chinese Economic Coercion

A new bipartisan bill (H.R. 5580) introduced on October 15 in the U.S. House of Representatives by Ami Bera (D-CA) and six co-sponsors would establish an interagency task force "to respond to People’s Republic of China coercive economic measures." The task force will submit a series of

Taiwan Representative Testifies before Australian Parliamentary Committee on Joining CPTPP

On October 12, the Trade Subcommittee of the Australian Parliament's Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade heard testimony from Elliott Charng of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Australia as part of its inquiry on "Expanding Membership of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Two Provisional EU AD Measures Discuss Role of CCP in Company Management

Continuing its trend of looking at the role of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in company management when carrying out the normal value calculation in anti-dumping cases, the European Commission last week issued two decisions adopting provisional measures in which it examined this issue. One case involved imports of certain

Senator Cotton Calls on U.S. Trade Representative to "Stop China’s Admission to" CPTPP

In a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai dated October 5, Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) called on Tai "to use tools available under the USMCA to stop China’s admission to the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP)." The letter starts with Cotton saying he is
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