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Jan. 21, 2016 | Source: The Washington Post The proceedings began with little fanfare last week, on the first floor of a nondescript government building in Southwest Washington. Inside the International Trade Commission headquarters, there was no shouting, interrupting or grandstanding, only a civil — if a bit wonky — back-and-forth on non-tariff trade barriers, economic models and trade Read more »
Jan. 18, 2016 | Source: The Hill One of the biggest congressional issues of the year is President Obama’s Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal. Obama is pressing Congress to consider the deal in his last year in office, a year that will be dominated by the presidential race. So far, only a few Republican presidential Read more »
Jan. 13, 2016 | Source: Journal Star Despite lacking a coast, Nebraska stands to reap benefits from a massive twelve-member trade agreement that would break down trade barriers among a dozen Pacific nations, said the United State’s top agricultural negotiator Tuesday night at a University of Nebraska lecture series. “A lot of my job right Read more »
Jan. 4, 2016 | Source: The Washington Post The National Association of Manufacturers endorsed President Obama’s Pacific Rim trade pact on Monday, giving a boost to the White House’s efforts to enlist the business community in lobbying for one of the president’s top remaining economic initiatives. The backing of the nation’s largest manufacturing association was Read more »
Dec 18, 2015 | Source: BloombergBusiness The World Trade Organization’s conference in Nairobi this week scored a series of small victories on matters such as fishing subsidies and import tariffs on mobile phones, even as questions on the relevance of the 14-year-old talks on trade development remain. Trade leaders announced the expansion of the Information Read more »
Dec 15, 2015 | Source: BBC Does the World Trade Organization matter anymore? That is the big question hanging over the WTO as trade ministers from its member countries gather in Nairobi. They are heading to the Kenyan capital for the WTO’s tenth ministerial conference. The organisation is increasingly at risk of being side-lined as groups of countries do Read more »
Dec 14, 2015 | Source: Politico The credibility of the World Trade Organization could suffer a potentially crippling blow — with real costs for global business — if ministers gathering in Nairobi, Kenya, this week fail to reach agreement on something, anything, related to global commerce. The meeting pits the interests of developed nations, led by Read more »
Dec 11, 2015 | Source: Reuters China is sowing the seeds of a global trade war as its smelters, refiners and manufacturers increasingly export goods they can’t sell into a slowing domestic economy, prompting accusations of dumping and unfair subsidies from its trading partners. With China’s exporters already gaining a competitive edge from its weakening currency, Read more »
The Los Angeles Times: ‘This isn’t NAFTA,’ U.S. trade representative says about Trans-Pacific Partnership
Dec 10, 2015 | Source: The Los Angeles Times Ater years of negotiations, the United States and 11 other Pacific Rim countries wrapped up a sweeping trade agreement in October that supporters say will eliminate obstacles such as tariffs and set standards for doing business in 40% of the global economy. The deal has faced tough Read more »
Dec 8, 2015 | Source: The Washington Post The fingers of both hands tightly intertwined, retired Maj. Gen. Le Van Cuong describes how Vietnam is overly dependent economically on its giant neighbor, China. Then, as he talks about the Transpacific Partnership, a U.S.-led trade deal involving a dozen Pacific Rim countries, the general’s grip relaxes, and his Read more »