Exclusive: U.S. waters down demand China ax subsidies in push for trade deal - sources

Reuters | April 15, 2019

Exclusive: U.S. waters down demand China ax subsidies in push for trade deal - sources
The world’s two biggest economies are nine months into a trade war that has cost billions of dollars, roiled financial markets and upended supply chains. U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration has slapped tariffs on $250 billion worth of imports of Chinese goods to press demands for an end to policies - including industrial subsidies - that Washington says hurt U.S. companies competing with Chinese firms. China responded with its own tit-for-tat tariffs on U.S. goods. The issue of industrial subsidies is thorny because they are intertwined with the Chinese government’s industrial policy. Beijing grants subsidies and tax breaks to state-owned firms and to sectors seen as strategic for long-term development. Chinese President Xi Jinping has strengthened the state’s role in parts of the economy.

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Congress and FDA have worked hard to make sure that the drug approval process—the final stage of drug development—provides Americans with the earliest possible access to safe and effective drugs. As a result, since 2001, FDA’s approval process has become the fastest overall in the world, and Americans have had first access to new drugs more often than anywhere else in the world.1 And, over the last 50 years, the growth of modern science has stimulated the development of drugs for a wide variety of diseases that were previously untreatable.

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