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Earlier today I tweeted a piece by Bob Lighthizer in Foreign Affairs magazine. Same issue has a piece on 'strategic corruption' - how autocracies (China, Russia, Turkey) are becoming adept at spreading money around in democratic countries to create allies

Trade Secrets today: the WTO has more power than it looks & probably just blocked a big English football club takeover. ALSO: the homeopathically weak effects of UK trade deals with Oz & NZ. ALSO: Bob Lighthizer's IT'S NOT FAIR tariff claims dissected.

The U.S.-China trade deal is going great and shows no signs of weakening, says U.S. bob lighthizer'>Trade Representative Bob Lighthizer. “Every indication is that in spite of this Covid-19, they are going to do what they say…We have an excellent agreement.” @JoshZumbrun 

Well, now we know how Bob Lighthizer feels about the OECD proposal on a digital services tax: “They all got together and agreed they were going to screw America.” Says it won't fly.

Bob Lighthizer on how uncertainty explains both offshoring, and its reversal: Uncertainty over "China’s MFN status...raised the risk-adjusted costs of investing there. After 2001, that uncertainty went away — along with at least 2M jobs"

Bob Lighthizer’s “Mission Accomplished” moment? “The era of reflexive offshoring is over, and with it the old overzealous emphasis on efficiency and the concomitant lack of concern for the jobs that were lost.”

I’m a skeptic we will ever see Chinese purchases reach anywhere near what the deal envisions. But dismissing the deal on the basis of a single quarter’s trade seems premature. It also ignores the dynamic that Bob Lighthizer has sought to create.

… Steve Mnuchin is a former Hollywood financier who, as Treasury Secretary, resisted shutting down the economy in the middle of a global pandemic; Bob Lighthizer is at least an actual expert, but trade negotiations don’t have much to do with a global health issue.

@willmauldin  @learyreportsS  @KennedyCSISpokesman  for U.S. trade representative Bob Lighthizer: “We expect that the Chinese will meet their commitments under the agreement. "

We had @economics ⁩’ @lucy_meakin ⁩ at the Oxford Union tonight for Bob Lighthizer’s speech there. Here is her write up:


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The negotiations with China have already started. Unless extended, they will end 90 days from the date of our wonderful and very warm dinner with President Xi in Argentina. Bob Lighthizer will be working closely with Steve Mnuchin, Larry Kudlow, Wilbur Ross and Peter Navarro.....

Trump, at press conference with Steve Mnuchin, Larry Kudlow, Robert O'Brien and Bob Lighthizer standing near him, complained about the WTO — China and India were considered developing nations, but not the US. “As far as I'm concerned, we're a developing nation, too," he said.

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At the table on the US side for Trump’s first bilateral meeting of the G20 (left to right): Ivanka Trump Jared Kushner Mick Mulvaney Wilbur Ross Mike Pompeo Trump Steve Mnuchin Bob LighthizerJohn Bolton Dan Scavino Peter Navarro.

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#NAFTA negotiations with my friends and Bob Lighthizer continue in . All sides working in #Washingtonensively  to achieve a win-win-win.

Scoop: US trade rep Bob Lighthizer and Jared Kushner are flying to Mexico tomorrow as part of the effort to finalize the USMCA deal.

Farage told @LBC  : “Given this lack of preparedness, I am very, very keen to get a delegation of industrialists and business together to fly out to Washington D.C. to meet Bob Lighthizer, who is the Trump administration’s trade negotiator and perhaps to start these discussions...

NEW: (story tk): USTR Bob Lighthizer says he'll be issuing a Federal Register notice TOMORROW to raise the tariffs on $200b of Chinese goods from 10% to 25%. He says the tariffs will kick in "the first minute" of Friday.

LATEST: Among those Trump is weighing for chief of staff, or has at least mentioned as a possibility, are acting AG Matt Whitaker, U.S. trade rep Bob Lighthizer, budget director Mick Mulvaney and Rep. Mark Meadows, I’m told. Treasury Sec Mnuchin not being considered at moment.

President Trump: ‘India which is the tariff king called us and said we want to begin negotiations immediately.When Bob Lighthizer asked what happened they said we want to keep your President happy. Isn't that nice’