U.S. to impose limits on some Chinese visas

White House Moves Ahead With Tough Trade Measures on China

White House Moves Ahead With Tough Trade Measures on China

Chinese officials reportedly emphasized that all trademark applications are handled in accordance with the law.

The Trump administration made the announcement in a statement called "Steps to Protect Domestic Technology and Intellectual Property from China's Discriminatory and Burdensome Trade Practices". Trump is using trade negotiations to recoup the losses.

While Trump expressed appreciation when Chinese President Xi Jinping seemed to respond with relenting on tariff threats, the White House made clear that it required "concrete actions" from China before relenting in US moves toward tariffs.

The two countries earlier this month agreed to look at measures to reduce China's trade surplus with the United States in a move that appeared to reduce the risk of a trade war between the world's two largest economies.

A list of potential tariff targets has already been published by the United States Trade Representative and it largely includes intermediate goods used by companies to make other products as well as some consumer goods like televisions. The United States had wanted China's trade surplus with America to shrink by $200 billion in two years, a figure seen as fanciful by most economists and trade experts. As the economist and China expert Derek Scissors told me, "We import over $500 billion in goods and services per year from China".

Lighthizer earlier this month said it would be "madness" to continue allowing China's state-owned investment firms to buy stakes in American technology companies. "He likes Ross even if he does not consider him a killer", said one former administration official. "The final list of covered imports will be announced by June 15, 2018, and tariffs will be imposed on those imports shortly thereafter", it noted.

That's pretty vague, but it's a direct nod to legislation moving through the House and the Senate to enhance the powers of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (known as Cfius and pronounced SIF-ee-us) and to strengthen export controls for technology as it relates to China. "While obviously more details are needed, this outline represents the kind of actions we have needed to take for a long time, but the president must stick with it and not bargain it away", Schumer said. But they fear the president's focus on tariffs will hurt them as much as China, by disrupting supply chains, depressing demand for their products and sparking retaliation by Beijing.

Tensions between the US and China may have been reduced somewhat by Trump's action last week to ease sanctions that threatened the viability of Chinese telecom giant ZTE, in response to a personal request from President Xi Jinping.

Along with the threatened sanctions, there are also moves to clamp down on the length of stay for Chinese students in the US.

"Such an approach will not generate greater Chinese responsiveness to U.S. concerns, but it could do harm to American businesses and workers", he added. "This kind of public pressure could make it harder for China to respond in a conciliatory fashion", said Claire Reade, another former USA trade official who is now with Arnold & Porter.

Visa facilitation is reciprocal and serves the interest of both the countries, she said, adding that both the countries need to take measures to facilitate visas to create more favourable conditions than doing the contrary.

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