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Commerce Secretary Raimondo Testimony to House of Representatives Touches on Various China Trade Issues
Following up on her Senate testimony yesterday, Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo responded to a number of questions related to China trade issues at a House of Representatives hearing today, including on critical minerals, an anti-circumvention inquiry related to Chinese solar panels, and outbound investment screening.
During a recent trip by Australian trade minister Dan Tehan to meet with his U.S. counterparts, Australia and the United States moved forward with plans that some commentators have characterized as designed to "counter China" on critical minerals.
As we reported here, earlier this year the Canadian House of Commons Standing Committee on Industry and Technology held several hearings on the issue of critical minerals, partly in response to the sale of the Canadian mining company Neo Lithium to the Chinese company Zijin Mining Group. Last week, the
The U.S. and Canadian governments have both held hearings and discussions, as well as taking specific actions, in recent weeks in response to China's dominance of the critical minerals market and with the objective of pushing forward with plans to develop their own supply chains in this area.
In a February 1 discussion in the Canadian House of Commons, conservative MP Ed Fast, a former Minister of International Trade, pressed François-Philippe Champagne, the Trudeau government's Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, on issues related to allowing Huawei to participate in Canada's 5G network and the approval of the