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What To Look For In The US-China 'Phase One' Trade Deal

Law360 (January 14, 2020, 7:08 PM EST) -- As the U.S. and China sign their preliminary trade agreement Wednesday, focus will turn to the deal’s previously unseen rules and enforcement provisions to determine whether it can deliver the sweeping reforms touted by the Trump administration.

The two countries reached what they described as a “phase one” trade agreement in mid-December after nearly three years of bitter tension fueled by waves of hefty tariffs on one another’s goods, but the text has thus far remained sealed pending a legal scrub.

The White House has already said the deal forces China to make a number of commitments regarding intellectual property, agricultural market...

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