July 6th will mark the entry into force of Section 301 tariffs against China. Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974 provides the president with the authority to respond to unfair, unreasonable, or discriminatory trade practices and gives the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) the ability to take action to compel another country to eliminate the offending act, policy, or practice, with the president’s approval. Surprising no one, this president concluded that the United States is being taken advantage of in the global trade regime. What followed was a decision to impose tariffs on China and most of our other largest trading partners.
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