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Russia revives WTO bid. Will it collapse again?

AJOT | May 27, 2010 | International Trade

Russia will resume talks to join the World Trade Organization next month, a year after suspending them to create a customs union with Belarus and Kazakhstan.

Creating the customs union proved to be more complicated than anticipated and the th Read More »

Substance will drive US decision on China economy

AJOT | May 27, 2010 | International Trade

The United States is bound by strict rules in deciding whether China is a "market economy," but knows the matter carries important symbolic weight for Beijing, a top U.S. trade official said.

The perennial issue came up again this week during Read More »

Thailand’s main exports and markets for April

AJOT | May 27, 2010 | International Trade

Thailand's annual exports rose 35.2 percent in April from a year before to $14.09 billion, but that value was down from March's $16.25 billion due to Thai holidays and disruption caused by air travel problems in Europe. Read More »

Japan’s exports jump on robust Asian growth

AJOT | May 27, 2010 | International Trade

Japanese exports rose in April from a year earlier on the back of robust growth in Asia and a recovery in the United States, though Europe's debt woes could cloud the outlook for Japan's export-led recovery. Read More »

Russia’s Putin says customs union delayed

AJOT | May 24, 2010 | International Trade

Russia's planned customs union with neighbouring Belarus and Kazakhstan will not fully come into effect from July as planned, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin told Mir TV in an interview.

The customs union was envisaged as a first step on the wa Read More »

What are China’s indigenous innovation policies?

AJOT | May 24, 2010 | International Trade

China's "indigenous innovation" regulations are one of the top concerns for U.S. officials.

What is "indigenous innovation"?

The Chinese government has long pushed its companies to move higher on the value chain and develop their Read More »

Battle royal rages over uneven jewel import taxes

AJOT | May 24, 2010 | International Trade

Italian jewellers are losing faith in official efforts to overcome barriers to trade, with many now looking for alternative ways to tap China and other key markets needed to power out of a recent downturn.

While official figures suggest Italy Read More »

US, EU clash over trade sanctions at WTO

AJOT | May 20, 2010 | International Trade

The United States and European Union clashed over retaliation that the EU is seeking for illegal U.S. duties, with the two trading giants disputing the fundamentals of trade law and details of the case.

The EU call for retaliation is the late Read More »

Pakistani spinning mills shut in export duty protest

AJOT | May 18, 2010 | International Trade

Nearly all of Pakistan's 400 textile spinning mills shut down to protest against the imposition of a 15 percent regulatory duty on exports of all types of cotton yarn, millers said.

Pakistan is the world's fourth biggest cotton producer but o Read More »

Geithner says China yuan rise a global issue

AJOT | May 18, 2010 | International Trade

Persuading Beijing to let its yuan currency rise in value is not simply an issue for the United States but one that should interest the whole world, U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said.

"When they began this process before, what the Read More »

USTR Kirk to press China on piracy, innovation

AJOT | May 18, 2010 | International Trade

The United States will use economic talks next week with China to focus on intellectual property rights protection and China's "indigenous innovation" industrial policy which discriminates against foreign firms, U.S. Trade representative Ron Kirk said. Read More »

WTO brokers trade finance talks for banks, regulators

AJOT | May 18, 2010 | International Trade

Banking regulators and commercial banks have started to discuss ways of ensuring that regulation does not hamper trade finance -- the lifeblood of global commerce -- as the sector shows an uneven recovery.

A meeting hosted by the World Trade Read More »

Mercosur trade deal will hurt EU farmers

AJOT | May 18, 2010 | International Trade

A trade deal mooted by European Union leaders with South America's Mercosur bloc will boost Europe's exports of goods and services but will squeeze many of its farmers out of business, a major Spanish farm union said.

The EU is expected to re Read More »

China should buy US goods to fix imbalance

AJOT | May 18, 2010 | International Trade

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke urged China to purchase more American goods to help reduce a huge trade imbalance that has caused friction in U.S.-Sino ties.

"Obviously the trade deficit needs to come down," Locke told Reuters in an int Read More »

Europe, Central American states reach trade deal

AJOT | May 18, 2010 | International Trade

The European Union and Central American states reached an agreement to liberalize trade and cut import tariffs, giving total market access to industrial products on both sides.

The European Commission, the EU's executive in charge of the 27-n Read More »

Taiwan’s controversial China trade deal

AJOT | May 16, 2010 | International Trade

Taiwan and China aim to sign a free trade-style agreement by June that has split the island between those who think it will lift prosperity from improved access to China's markets, and those who fear it could wreck Taiwan's economy and is the first step t Read More »

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