Lighthizer testifies at Ways & Means hearing

Date: March 5, 2019
This past Wednesday, Ambassador Lighthizer of the United States Trade Representative testified at the Ways and Means Committee hearing on U.S. – China Trade Relations. Throughout the hearing, Lighthizer made it clear that there was no deal in place yet, however, they are making real progress during the negotiations.

"Let me be clear: Much still needs to be done both before an agreement is reached and, more importantly, after it is reached, if one is reached," Lighthizer told the panel. This comes shortly after President Donald Trump proclaimed that the two sides are "very, very close" to a deal.

Any deal made with China would need to be enforceable, address forced technology transfers, IP protection, and industrial subsidies, along with unfair Chinese trade practices in the agriculture and services industries, according to Ambassador Lighthizer.

While USTR continues its talks with China, Lighthizer made it clear that any deal would not be submitted to Congress for a vote, stating the deal is “an executive agreement” and he is in no way required to send it to Congress. 
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