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August 13, 2019
Senior Advisor Mark Linscott on the Current USMCA Debate

The Atlantic Council

Even as the US-China trade war proceeds to the next gripping chapter, another trade drama is unfolding between the Trump administration and the US Congress on the fate of the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) as a replacement to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).  The administration missed the opportunity to obtain Congressional approval for USMCA prior to the August break, and House Democrats’ insistence that there be key changes to the agreement before it is taken up remains a central dynamic in its future prospects.

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August 2, 2019
Senior Advisor Mark Linscott Outlines Key Trade Issues Affecting the U.S.-India Relationship

Observer Research Foundation

The US-India commercial relationship – trade and investment – has been growing steadily over the years and seems destined for an exciting, even transformational, future. However, both sides – meaning the two governments — have been stuck for decades in a continuous feedback loop of neglect, occasionally interrupted by moments of high tension and conflict, when it comes to the trade relationship.

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July 31, 2019
Partner Amb. Kurt Tong Suggests a Different Approach from Beijing Amid Tensions with Hong Kong

South China Morning Post

Partner Amb. Kurt Tong discusses Beijing’s response to tensions in Hong Kong during an event at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

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July 31, 2019
Partner Amb. Kurt Tong Discusses Hong Kong and the Indo-Pacific Political Economy at CSIS Event (Video)

Center for Strategic and International Studies

Partner Amb. Kurt Tong recently joined CSIS to discuss Hong Kong’s relationship with China and comment on the future direction of American economic policy in the region.

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July 31, 2019
Partner Amb. Kurt Tong Comments on Beijing's Reaction to Protests in Hong Kong

Straits Times

WASHINGTON – Hong Kong’s autonomy under the “one country, two systems” framework may irritate the Chinese government but has been key to the city’s success, America’s recently retired top diplomat to Hong Kong said on Tuesday (July 30).

Beijing would therefore be well-advised to “dial it back a little in terms of how it approaches Hong Kong affairs”, said former United States Consul General Kurt Tong, who retired from the foreign service three weeks ago after less than three years in the post.

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