US, EU, Japan Challenge China on Rare Earths

Volume
16,
Number
10
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14 March 2012
14 March 2012
Following months of speculation, the US, Japan, and EU have jointly launched a WTO challenge against China's export restrictions on rare earths, as well as tungsten and molybdenum. The move - announced yesterday - comes just over a month after the global trade arbiter's highest court confirmed that...
14 March 2012
The WTO's highest court confirmed this week that Washington had violated international trade rules by providing its flagship aircraft manufacturer, Boeing, with billions of dollars worth of illegal subsidies. The decision, which largely upholds an earlier panel ruling ( DS353 ), is the latest twist...
14 March 2012
A group of Europe's top aviation companies have jointly called upon the bloc's political leaders to stop an escalating conflict over the inclusion of aviation into its emissions trading scheme (ETS). Brussels insists, however, that the legislation requiring airlines to surrender carbon permits for...
14 March 2012
In a landmark move, the Indian Patent Office announced on Monday that it has issued its first compulsory license to a domestic generic drug-maker. The decision effectively ends German pharmaceutical company Bayer AG's monopoly over an anti-cancer drug and authorises the production of a low-cost...
14 March 2012
The Indian government announced its intention to partially repeal a recent ban on the export of cotton on Monday, just one week after originally enacting the measure. Export permits issued before the ban will be re-validated within the next ten days, Commerce Secretary Rahul Khullar said on Monday...
14 March 2012
After nearly three years of negotiations, Ottawa and Brussels are aiming to clinch a free trade accord by the end of 2012. However, Canadian officials have also cautioned that progress in the bilateral talks may slow in the coming months, as the two sides work to resolve remaining obstacles. Gordon...
14 March 2012
Farm subsidies in agricultural powerhouse Brazil remained mostly de-linked from production in 2008-09, new figures from the government indicate. Although the country provided almost US$6 billion in total farm support, the government's latest report to the WTO indicates that over US$3.5 billion...
14 March 2012
The Commonwealth Secretariat is seeking candidates to fill two temporary assignment positions at the Office of the Chief Trade Adviser (OCTA): Economic Trade Adviser and Legal Trade Adviser. Both positions are two-year assignments located in Port Vila, Vanuatu and are open only to nationals from...
14 March 2012
Coming soon 15 March, Washington, US. GENDER AND TRADE: CATALYZING WOMEN'S ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT GLOBALLY. Organised by the Washington International Trade Association, this event hosts a panel of experts who will discuss the challenges and opportunities of empowering women economically. Questions...
14 March 2012
AGRICULTURAL KNOWLEDGE AND INNOVATION SYSTEMS: OECD CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS. Published by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) (February 2012). This book provides an overview of conference proceedings from the OECD Conference on Agricultural Knowledge Systems (AKS), held...