United States Trade Policy

National security checks raise fears of protectionism

Beijing's long-awaited anti-monopoly law that requires foreign purchases of Chinese companies to go through 'national security' checks has reignited fears among foreign investors that the mainland, like the United States, is succumbing to economic protectionism.

Tuesday, 26 June, 2007, 12:00am

'Force for freedom'

The recent course of Sino-US relations has not been smooth but, to his credit, President George W. Bush has just taken a decision that should bring some sorely needed improvement.

31 May 2001 - 12:00am

Trade bill wins vote

The US Senate give final approval to permanent normal trading relations with China early today, a victory for big business that is expected to transform Sino-US relations. Preliminary results showed 83 of the Senate's 100 members voted in favour.

20 Sep 2000 - 12:00am

Senate sets aside move to hold up trade vote

A major obstacle to Permanent Normal Trading Relations (PNTR) for China was removed in the US Senate yesterday.

Senators voted to delay indefinitely consideration of an amendment demanding new sanctions for international arms sales by China. If passed, the measure could scupper any hopes of PNTR this year - thereby imperiling the recent thaw in Sino-US relations.

14 Sep 2000 - 12:00am

US Congress poised to vote yes to PNTR

The US House of Representatives was within hours of passing a vote early this morning for Permanent Normal Trade Relations (PNTR) with the mainland, as Beijing agreed to drop an 11-year ban on US tobacco imports.

25 May 2000 - 12:00am

Zhu pushes Danes on WTO entry

Prime Minister Zhu Rongji has tried to break the deadlock with the European Union over the mainland's entry into the World Trade Organisation, urging the EU to reach an early settlement.

Speaking to visiting Danish Prime Minister Poul Nyrup Rasmussen, Mr Zhu was quoted by Xinhua as saying yesterday that negotiations had reached the 'final stage'.

9 May 2000 - 12:00am

Macau earns copyright boost

US Trade Representative Charlene Barshefsky has decided to move Macau from the US 'Priority Watch List' in recognition of its progress in protecting intellectual property rights. Macau has been downgraded to the 'Watch List' and will be reviewed again in December.

4 May 2000 - 12:00am

US keeps HK on copyright watch list

THE Government has expressed disappointment over the United States Trade Representative's (USTR) decision to keep Hong Kong on its watch list in respect of intellectual property rights abuse.

The USTR confirmed that Hong Kong would remain on the watch list late Friday, following its mid-year review.

18 Jan 1998 - 12:00am

NOL-APL merger approved

Neptune Orient Lines and APL say the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) had completed its review of the two shipping lines' application for merger approval.

'With CFIUS review completed, we are continuing to progress toward finalisation of our merger with NOL,' APL president Timothy Rhein said.

27 Oct 1997 - 12:00am

Territory industry body to take trade sanctions protest to US

The Federation of Hong Kong Industries will send representatives to Washington to attend the public hearing staged by the Office of the United States Trade Representatives (USTR) on June 6 and 7.

22 May 1996 - 12:00am

Final countdown for US-Sino talks

THE die will be cast for the Sino-United States talks on intellectual property protection within the next 24 hours.

Ten days of intense discussion in Beijing and both sides are still keeping the international business community guessing about the outcome.

25 Feb 1995 - 12:00am

US envoy to spur stalled trade talks

UNITED STATES Deputy Trade Representative Charlene Barshefsky will arrive in Beijing today to join in trade talks with China in an attempt to hammer out a compromise and avert an international trade war.

Ms Barshefsky has participated in the earlier rounds of negotiations on China's violations of intellectual property rights.

21 Feb 1995 - 12:00am

'Dumping' victory applauded

THE decision to revoke a United States acrylic anti-dumping order has been warmly welcomed by the territory's garments industry.

9 Jul 1994 - 12:00am