US Presidential Candidates Zero in on China Trade Practices

Volume
16,
Number
28
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18 July 2012
18 July 2012
With November's US presidential election drawing ever nearer, candidates have spent the last several weeks out on the campaign trail exchanging barbs over their respective approaches to the economy, with a particular focus on the country's trade relationship with China. Back in Washington, some...
18 July 2012
China's strict policies regarding foreign electronic payment providers are inconsistent with international trade rules, a WTO panel ruled on Monday. The decision ( DS413 ), which was welcomed by Washington, found that Beijing was effectively putting foreign competitors at a disadvantage by...
18 July 2012
Mexico has officially signed the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, government officials announced last week. The 11 July decision comes amid growing doubt over the deal's overall future, given its recent rejection by the European Parliament and the various questions being raised over whether the...
18 July 2012
Negotiations at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) on a legal instrument intended to protect traditional cultural expressions (TCEs) saw little progress last week, with the first days of the meeting being plagued with disagreements among members over the agenda. Ultimately, the...
18 July 2012
India appears set to export two million tonnes of wheat at subsidised prices as part of a plan to offload surplus grain, sparking concern among anti-poverty activists and raising questions for some of the country's trading partners. The move, following a decision two weeks ago by the government's...
18 July 2012
With more than half the continental US experiencing a severe drought, global food prices have skyrocketed in recent days. Separately, long-term projections just released by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) expect...
18 July 2012
Laos is on track to complete its WTO accession negotiations after this year's summer break, officials announced last week, with the Asian country's membership in the Geneva-based trade body widely expected to be formalised before 2012 comes to a close. Laos formally announced at a 12 July Working...
18 July 2012
Achieving balance between fostering open trade and achieving public policy objectives requires a better understanding of non-tariff measures (NTMs), particularly during the current period of slowing trade growth and rising concerns over crisis-era protectionism, according to a new report released...
18 July 2012
Coming soon 16-20 July, Turin, Italy. GREEN JOBS: LINKING THE ENVIRONMENT, CLIMATE CHANGE AND THE WORLD OF WORK. Organised by the International Training Centre of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) in Turin, Italy, this training course aims to provide a conceptual and strategic framework...
18 July 2012
INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS AND GREEN TECHNOLOGIES FROM RIO TO RIO: AN IMPOSSIBLE DIALOGUE? By Ahmed Abdel Latif for the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (July 2012). Though technology transfer and innovation feature in the outcome of the Rio+20 Summit, intellectual...