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A file photo of the United States trade representative, Robert Lighthizer.(AFP/ FILE)

Clock may run out on interim deal with India, says top US trade negotiator

Hindustan Times, Washington, DC | By Yashwant Raj
UPDATED ON DEC 16, 2020 11:31 PM IST
It signals the likely end of the Trump administration’s efforts to get a smaller, interim trade deal with India to set up a larger and more ambitious Free Trade Agreement (FTA) at a later stage
Joe Biden points a finger at an election rally after news media announced that he has won the 2020 US presidential election, in Wilmington, Delaware, on November 7.(Reuters file)
Joe Biden points a finger at an election rally after news media announced that he has won the 2020 US presidential election, in Wilmington, Delaware, on November 7.(Reuters file)

Biden names Asian-American Tai as top trade negotiator

Hindustan TImes, Washington | By Yashwant Raj , edited by Vinod Janardhanan
PUBLISHED ON DEC 10, 2020 11:56 PM IST
The Taiwanese-American, who will be the first Asian-origin person to head the federal agency, currently serves as the chief lawyer on trade for the powerful Ways and Means Committee of the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives.
A Vietnam Dong note is seen in this illustration(Reuters File Photo)
A Vietnam Dong note is seen in this illustration(Reuters File Photo)

US opens trade case to probe Vietnam currency undervaluation

By Bloomberg | Posted by Kanishka Sarkar
PUBLISHED ON OCT 03, 2020 03:26 PM IST
Under the Trump administration, Vietnam has become one of the US’s 10 biggest trading partners and one with the biggest imbalances.
US President Donald Trump and China's President Xi Jinping in Beijing, China in November 2017.(Reuters File Photo)
US President Donald Trump and China's President Xi Jinping in Beijing, China in November 2017.(Reuters File Photo)

China, US to review trade deal, air other grievances on August 15: Report

Washington | By Reuters
UPDATED ON AUG 06, 2020 12:07 AM IST
Under the Phase 1 trade deal signed in January, China had pledged to boost purchases of US goods by some $200 billion over 2017 levels, including agricultural and manufactured products, energy and services.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with US president Donald Trump during a meeting at Hyderabad House in New Delhi in February 2020.(Reuters Photo)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with US president Donald Trump during a meeting at Hyderabad House in New Delhi in February 2020.(Reuters Photo)

Negotiating with India on restoring its preferential trade status: US official

Washington | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Kanishka Sarkar
UPDATED ON JUN 19, 2020 11:17 AM IST
Top US trade representative on Thursday said the administration is negotiating with India over its status under trade preference programme Generalized System of Preferences.
President Donald Trump(AP file photo)
President Donald Trump(AP file photo)

In Prez Trump’s remarks on India visit, a hint about the ‘big trade deal’

Hindustan Times, Washington | By Yashwant Raj
UPDATED ON FEB 19, 2020 12:13 PM IST
Prospects of the announcement of a trade deal during Trump’s visit dimmed considerably last week after Robert Lighthizer, the top US trade negotiator, informed Indian counterpart Piyush Goyal that he was unable to travel to India for the pre-scheduled end-stage discussions.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with US President Donald Trump(ANI photo)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with US President Donald Trump(ANI photo)

Top US trade representative not coming as Donald Trump seeks ‘right deal’

Hindustan Times, New Delhi/Washington | By Yashwant Raj and Shishir Gupta
UPDATED ON FEB 16, 2020 12:03 PM IST
New Delhi offered to help reduce the US trade deficit with India by doubling its shale oil imports from America from the current six million tonnes per annum. This move will also be in Indian interest given the escalation of political tensions in West Asia.
The two-track negotiations were first discussed publicly by President Donald Trump in remarks to reporters before his bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly meetings in New York in September.(REUTERS PHOTO.)
The two-track negotiations were first discussed publicly by President Donald Trump in remarks to reporters before his bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly meetings in New York in September.(REUTERS PHOTO.)

India, United States close to finalizing ‘initial’ trade deal

Hindustan Times, Washington | By Yashwant Raj
UPDATED ON NOV 15, 2019 06:51 PM IST
A US delegation is scheduled to travel to India next week to “put the final touches” on a deal, following “productive” conversations between Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal and his US counterpart Robert Lighthizer, the top trade negotiators for their countries.
The two countries are looking at a near-term deal and a longer-term version sometime in the future as indicated by Indian and US officials.(Reuters/ file photo)
The two countries are looking at a near-term deal and a longer-term version sometime in the future as indicated by Indian and US officials.(Reuters/ file photo)

India, US close to finalising ‘initial’ trade deal

Hindustan Times, Washington | By Yashwant Raj
UPDATED ON NOV 15, 2019 10:44 AM IST
India and the United States have been in talks for months now to resolve trade differences that would address issues agitating ties urgently and also lay the ground for an ambitious Free Trade Agreement, which was indicated by Goyal earlier in the month.
Donald Trump stepped up his attacks on Mexico over immigration on Sunday as a top aide warned that the US president is “deadly serious” about imposing tariffs on imports from the southern neighbor.(AFP Photo)
Donald Trump stepped up his attacks on Mexico over immigration on Sunday as a top aide warned that the US president is “deadly serious” about imposing tariffs on imports from the southern neighbor.(AFP Photo)

Donald Trump steps up attacks on Mexico, top aide calls tariff threat ‘deadly serious’

Washington | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON JUN 03, 2019 09:24 AM IST
The attacks came despite efforts at conciliation by Mexico’s President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who said Sunday that “the president of Mexico wants to keep being a friend of President Donald Trump; but above all, we Mexicans are friends of the American people.”
Trump then cranked up the heat further, ordering a tariff hike on almost all remaining imports -- $300 billion worth, according to US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer -- from the world’s second-biggest economy.(AP)
Trump then cranked up the heat further, ordering a tariff hike on almost all remaining imports -- $300 billion worth, according to US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer -- from the world’s second-biggest economy.(AP)

‘Trade deal now or it will be far worse after 2020’: Donald Trump to China

Washington | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON MAY 12, 2019 11:27 PM IST
then cranked up the heat further, ordering a tariff hike on almost all remaining imports -- $300 billion worth, according to US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer -- from the world’s second-biggest economy.
Minutes after the US increased punitive duties on $200 billion in imports from China from 10 to 25 percent, the Chinese commerce ministry said it deeply regrets the move(REUTERS FILE)
Minutes after the US increased punitive duties on $200 billion in imports from China from 10 to 25 percent, the Chinese commerce ministry said it deeply regrets the move(REUTERS FILE)

‘Received a very beautiful letter from Xi,’ says Donald Trump amid US-China trade tensions

Washington | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON MAY 10, 2019 11:42 AM IST
US President Donald Trump got a briefing from his trade negotiators after the first day of talks with the Chinese side on Thursday, but made no move to hold off on the tariffs -- dashing hopes there might be a last-minute reprieve as the negotiations continued.
Tariffs on the first $200 billion, which initially went into effect last September, will rise to 25 percent from 10 percent at 12:01 am this Friday, US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer confirmed Monday(REUTERS)
Tariffs on the first $200 billion, which initially went into effect last September, will rise to 25 percent from 10 percent at 12:01 am this Friday, US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer confirmed Monday(REUTERS)

Here are the numbers on what Donald Trump’s tariff threat will affect

Bloomberg | By Natalie Lung
UPDATED ON MAY 09, 2019 11:12 AM IST
US President Donald Trump’s latest threat to raise tariffs on Chinese goods puts vital intermediate equipment and everyday consumer goods used by millions of Americans back into the cross-hairs.
A bipartisan duo of US lawmakers on Wednesday urged the Trump administration delay the termination of zero-tariff trade benefits for India till after election to make room for discussions.(REUTERS)
A bipartisan duo of US lawmakers on Wednesday urged the Trump administration delay the termination of zero-tariff trade benefits for India till after election to make room for discussions.(REUTERS)

US lawmakers ask for GSP talks to be held after elections

Washington | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAR 29, 2019 07:51 AM IST
George Holding, the other lawmaker who is the Republican co-chair of the House India caucus, said he has been in touch with the US trade representative Robert Lighthizer on GSP talks.
China has offered to boost its purchases of US imports but is widely expected to resist calls for major changes to its industrial policies such as slashing government subsidies.(Reuters)
China has offered to boost its purchases of US imports but is widely expected to resist calls for major changes to its industrial policies such as slashing government subsidies.(Reuters)

China’s President Xi to meet top US trade officials: Report

Beijing | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON FEB 13, 2019 11:32 AM IST
Xi will meet on Friday with officials including US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, who are in the capital for crunch talks towards a trade deal, the South China Morning Post reported, as the world’s two biggest economies rush to patch up their trade differences before a looming deadline.
A White House official said on Friday that preparations were under way and the talks would continue to focus on pressing Beijing to make structural reforms.(AP)
A White House official said on Friday that preparations were under way and the talks would continue to focus on pressing Beijing to make structural reforms.(AP)

China trade talks resume next week, focus on intellectual property

Washington | By Reuters
UPDATED ON FEB 10, 2019 02:16 PM IST
The two sides are trying to hammer out a deal ahead of the March 1 deadline when US tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese imports are scheduled to increase to 25 percent from 10 percent.
Earlier this month, Xi and Trump discussed the US-China trade conflict during a phone conversation that Trump called “very good.”(AFP)
Earlier this month, Xi and Trump discussed the US-China trade conflict during a phone conversation that Trump called “very good.”(AFP)

US slams harmful China trade policies, threatens auto tariffs

Washington | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON NOV 29, 2018 10:14 AM IST
The country’s policies on auto tariffs are “especially egregious,” taxing US cars at more than double the rate it charges other countries.
While Jared Kushner time in the White House has been turbulent - chief of staff John Kelly temporarily stripped him of his security clearance earlier this year and he has been criticized for his dealings with the Middle East - his role in keeping the North American Trade Agreement afloat was fundamental, multiple sources said.(Reuters Photo)
While Jared Kushner time in the White House has been turbulent - chief of staff John Kelly temporarily stripped him of his security clearance earlier this year and he has been criticized for his dealings with the Middle East - his role in keeping the North American Trade Agreement afloat was fundamental, multiple sources said.(Reuters Photo)

How Trump’s son-in-law helped a $1.2 trillion trade zone stay intact

Ottawa/Washington | By Reuters
UPDATED ON OCT 02, 2018 04:15 PM IST
While Jared Kushner’s time in the White House has been turbulent, his role in keeping the North American Trade Agreement afloat was fundamental, multiple sources said.
President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally at the Ford Center in Evansville, Ind., Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)(AP)
President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally at the Ford Center in Evansville, Ind., Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)(AP)

‘If they don’t shape up, I’m out’: Trump threatens to pull US out of WTO

Bloomberg | By John Micklethwait, Margaret Talev and Jennifer Jacobs
UPDATED ON AUG 31, 2018 07:49 AM IST
A US withdrawal from the WTO potentially would be far more significant for the global economy than even Trump’s growing trade war with China, undermining the post-World War II system that the US helped build.
US President Donald Trump is running out of time to deliver a revamp of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) he promised for this year and people involved in the talks say the crunch is largely of his administration’s own making.(Reuters Photo)
US President Donald Trump is running out of time to deliver a revamp of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) he promised for this year and people involved in the talks say the crunch is largely of his administration’s own making.(Reuters Photo)

Delays and ‘poison pills’: Team Trump runs out of road in NAFTA talks

Washington | By Reuters
PUBLISHED ON MAY 29, 2018 11:52 AM IST
The Trump administration’s negotiating goals submitted to Congress in July 2017 talked of shrinking trade deficits with Mexico and Canada and boosting US auto production.
Containers are seen at the Yangshan Deep Water Port, part of the Shanghai Free Trade Zone, in Shanghai, China, September 24, 2016. REUTERS/Aly Song/Files(Reuters File Photo)
Containers are seen at the Yangshan Deep Water Port, part of the Shanghai Free Trade Zone, in Shanghai, China, September 24, 2016. REUTERS/Aly Song/Files(Reuters File Photo)

Trade war deepens: China hits back at US with tariffs on soybeans, planes, autos

Sutirtho Patranobis and Yashwant Raj, Washington/Beijing | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON APR 04, 2018 11:35 PM IST
Unlike Washington’s list, which was filled with many obscure industrial items, China’s list strikes at signature US exports.
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