July 17, 2013
by Financial Times

The United States and other World Trade Organization members participating in an effort to expand the product coverage of the 1996 Information Technology Agreement (ITA) agreed today (July 17) to suspend negotiations in an effort to get China to back down from demanding the exclusion of more than one-third of the 256 products under consideration.

China said at the last ITA negotiating round in June that it cannot accept tariff cuts on 106 of the 256 products being considered for the expanded ITA. It did not significantly pare down its sensitivities in its revised offer submitted immediately before the decision of other participants to suspend the negotiations this week.

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