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This Month's Headlines

  • Tensions between the U.S. and China escalated in August, with a flurry of tariff increases. Ministerial level trade talks are planned for October, aimed at defusing the conflict.
  • Administration officials, led by U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, will be busy on the Hill in September, trying to find enough Democratic House votes to ensure passage of the U.S. Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA).
  • Japan and the U.S. announced progress in their bilateral negotiations, with the prospect of an “early harvest” deal in coming months on some agricultural products, including beef, pork and wheat.
  • The U.S. and the European Union are preparing for the possibility of imposing large retaliatory tariffs against each other over their longstanding WTO commercial aircraft dispute. Looming in the background is the possibility of still further EU retaliatory tariffs if the U.S. goes ahead with Section 232 tariffs on EU autos later this fall.

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