EU-China Solar Row Escalates, Amid Rumours of Potential Negotiations

Volume
17,
Number
18
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23 May 2013
23 May 2013
The Sino-European spat over trade in solar panels has continued to escalate in recent weeks, with officials in Beijing warning that Brussels' planned anti-dumping duties could have severe implications for their bilateral relationship. Meanwhile, conflicting news reports have also emerged over the...
23 May 2013
The European Commission could soon find itself on a trade collision course with China regarding imports of mobile telecommunications networks and their essential elements, having announced last week that it is ready to open an investigation into alleged dumping and unfair subsidies should bilateral...
23 May 2013
Agriculture committees in the US Senate and the House of Representatives cleared their respective versions of a potential 2013 Farm Bill last week, marking the first major advance in a process that had stalled last year. However, with the full Senate now in the midst of debating the legislation,...
23 May 2013
Development-related discussions held at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) last week found member countries at odds on various topics, such as patent-related flexibilities and the measurement of the agency's contribution to the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Late...
23 May 2013
Former Kenyan trade minister Mukhisa Kituyi has been nominated by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to serve as the new head of the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the agency announced last week. Kituyi's candidacy is next set to go to the UN General Assembly for approval by the...
23 May 2013
COOL Compliance Deadline Renews Meat Labelling Debate With the WTO-established deadline for the US to bring its country-of-origin labelling (COOL) requirements for beef and pork into compliance set for today, Canada and Mexico have both made public comments questioning whether Washington's planned...
23 May 2013
Coming soon 27-30 May, Vladivostok, Russia. THE ASIAN AND PACIFIC ENERGY FORUM. This event, hosted by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, is aimed at promoting regional cooperation for enhanced energy security and the sustainable use of energy. The event will bring...
23 May 2013
CURRENCY WARS, THE ECONOMY OF THE UNITED STATES, AND REFORM OF THE INTERNATIONAL MONETARY SYSTEM. By C. Fred Bergsten for the Peterson Institute for International Economics (May 2013). In this lecture, C. Fred Bergsten - the founding director of the Peterson Institute - argues that currency...