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Stephen Claeys Comments on Limited Trade Deals Sought by Trump Administration

The New York Times
September 23, 2019

Stephen J. Claeys, partner in Wiley Rein’s International Trade Practice, was quoted by The New York Times in a September 20 article about the Trump Administration’s pursuit of limited trade agreements in India and Japan. 

According to the article, the Administration may soon announce trade deals with both countries that would involve only a few sectors and products – unlike traditional U.S. trade agreements that have covered nearly all sectors of the economy.

Mr. Claeys, former Trade Counsel for the House Ways & Means Subcommittee on Trade, said the Administration is seeking a different approach to trade negotiations.

“In the past, nothing was agreed to until everything was agreed to, and you had these broad, comprehensive agreements that covered whole swathes of issues,” Mr. Claeys said. “I think they’re purposefully breaking from that model.”

The article can be found here (subscription required).

Mr. Claeys will also discuss “U.S. Trade Law and Remedies” on September 24, as a featured presenter at the Washington International Trade Association’s 2019 Intensive Trade Seminar. Additional information can be found here.