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Nov 9, 2018 | 12:52 GMT

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China: U.S. Trade Representative Considers Section 301 Investigation

What Happened: The U.S. trade representative is considering opening a Section 301 investigation against Chinese labor practices, Inside U.S. Trade reported Nov. 9.

Why It Matters: An investigation could formalize many of the criticisms that the U.S. government has levied against China, but it could also delay trade talks as Beijing would likely refuse to negotiate while it is under investigation.

Background: The United States has already used Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974 to place tariffs on roughly $250 billion worth of imports from China. Various labor groups in the United States have petitioned the U.S. trade representative several times under previous administrations to open an investigation on whether or not China denied workers certain rights to gain an unfair advantage, but past presidents have not heeded their demands.

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