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March 22 | By: John Brinkley.Politics can be defined as taking something from someone and giving it to someone else. Done right, the winners outnumber the losers and the sacrifice will have been worthwhile.This seems lost on the Trump administration, whose trade proposals are likely to create a lot more losers than winners.Let’s start with Read more »
March 21 | By: Alan Oxley. Over the weekend, Donald Trump’s Treasury Secretary, Steven Mnuchin, blocked the G20’s ritual declaration that free trade has to be protected because protectionism is on the rise. The G20 finance ministers lamely declared instead the G20 should instead “strengthen the contribution of trade to our economies”.It would have been more Read more »
March 21 | By: Renata Brito & Mario LobaoA scandal over expired meats in Brazil deepened on Monday with the European Union and China deciding to halt some meat imports from Latin America’s largest nation.The developments represent a major blow to Brazil, one of the world’s largest exporters of meat, which is struggling to emerge Read more »
March 16 | By: Oonagh Fitzgerald and Hector R. Torres. Donald Trump’s presidency is posing fundamental challenges to the rule-based international trading system that has buttressed global growth for decades. But while America’s protectionist maneuverings threaten a global trading regime based on legal norms, they may also, paradoxically, help to reform it.That is because middle powers – countries Read more »
March 14 | By: Bryce Baschuk. The World Trade Organization’s dispute mechanism is facing the most critical period in its history as the U.S. prepares to take a more aggressive approach toward the Geneva-based organization. Since 1994, the U.S. has filed over 110 WTO dispute cases against its trading partners and defended itself in nearly 130 cases.For Read more »
March 13 | By: Alan Wolff. This week, the trade ministers of a dozen Pacific Rim countries are gathering in Vina del Mar, Chile, to discuss their trade relations. It is an extraordinary meeting in several respects.For one, a country the size of Chile with a population of about 18 million would not be expected to Read more »
March 12 | By: William Mauldin and Jacob M. Schlesinger. Republican lawmakers are showing increasing resistance to President Donald Trump’s trade agenda, worried that his plans could hurt exports from their states and undermine longstanding U.S. alliances.The concerns indicate that the biggest threat to Mr. Trump’s trade policy—which emphasizes new bilateral deals and a tougher stance Read more »
March 10 | By: Shawn Donnan and Demetri Sevastopulo. A civil war has broken out within the White House over trade, leading to what one official called “a fiery meeting” in the Oval Office pitting economic nationalists close to Donald Trump against pro-trade moderates from Wall Street.According to more than half a dozen people inside the Read more »
March 9 | By: Geoff Raby. The bonds of history, language and political institutions shared by Commonwealth members offer an opportunity for a post-Brexit UK trade policy. However, in the week that trade ministers from the bloc meet in London, Britain should be wary of putting all its eggs in that basket. The last time the Read more »
March 9 |Boosting economic ties with the Asia-Pacific region is one of the main items on the EU trade docket this week, as the bloc’s top trade official travels to Singapore and the Philippines for talks on advancing various initiatives.Visiting the city-state on Wednesday 8 March, EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström told an audience at Read more »