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U.S. Trade Rep. Tai Testifies at Senate Hearing, Discusses Various China Trade Issues

At a budget hearing before a Subcommittee of the Senate Appropriations Committee today, U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai was asked questions on a number of trade policy issues, many of which focused on China.
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TRIPS Waiver Agreed To at WTO Ministerial Conference; China Promises Not To Use It

The WTO's 12th Ministerial Conference concluded early in the morning of June 17 with a number of new decisions and declarations. In relation to China trade issues, one area of particular controversy had been whether China would be eligible to use a waiver of certain TRIPS Agreement rules on patents.

Republican Congressman Introduces Resolution Demanding Information on China's Access to Patents in any TRIPS Waiver

Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) introduced a Resolution on June 9 requesting that President Biden transmit information and documents on any TRIPS Waiver signed at the WTO, with a focus on China's access to intellectual property.
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China Pushes Back Against Exclusionary TRIPS Waiver Text Language

A draft text of the WTO TRIPS Waiver, which is designed to facilitate production of Covid-19 medicines in developing countries, has language that could exclude China from its scope. At a WTO meeting on Friday, China raised objections to specific aspects of that language.

U.S. Trade Rep. Tai Testifies to House Committee on Biden Administration's Trade Agenda

U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai testified today before the House Ways and Means Committee, discussing various aspects of the Biden administration's trade policy agenda with members of the committee. We highlight here a number of comments made by Tai and the committee members on issues related to China trade
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Report Suggests New TRIPS Waiver Proposals Seek To Exclude China

A report from an independent reporting initiative in Geneva indicates that as the United States and others work on a possible TRIPS Waiver, they may try to exclude China from benefitting.

Nomination Hearing for Two USTR Positions Discusses China Trade Issues

The Senate Finance Committee held a hearing [https://www.finance.senate.gov/hearings/hearing-to-consider-the-nominations-of-maria-l-pagan-of-puerto-rico-to-be-a-deputy-united-states-trade-representative-geneva-office-with-the-rank-of-ambassador-brent-neiman-of-illinois-to-be-a-deputy-under-secretary-of-the-treasury-for-international-finance-and-development-joshua-frost-of-new-york-to-be-an-assistant-secretary-of-the-treasury-for-financial-markets-samuel-r-bagenstos-of-michigan-to-be-general-coun
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