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Beyond Brussels: WTO paints bleak trade outlook ahead of G20 summit
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Beyond Brussels: WTO paints bleak trade outlook ahead of G20 summit

It comes as little surprise that the World Trade Organization expects global merchandise trade to continue decelerating in the coming months – but it’s bad news, nonetheless. Mounting trade tensions, tighter credit conditions in key markets and waning business confidence have caused export orders to fall, the WTO said in …

Beyond Brussels: US Section 301 report highlights on China
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Beyond Brussels: US Section 301 report highlights on China

The latest US report detailing Chinese policies involving the transfer of technology, intellectual property and innovation is full of “groundless accusations”, according to China’s Ministry of Commerce. The update, which stems from the Trump administration’s Section 301 investigation, was released a day after the US proposed stepping up scrutiny of …

Flash: China publishes position on WTO reform
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Flash: China publishes position on WTO reform

Wang Shouwen, China’s vice minister of commerce and deputy director of international trade negotiations, and Hong Xiaodong, director of the World Trade Department, briefed journalists about China’s position on World Trade Organization reform. Below is a translated excerpt of their comments. For the full text, including the Q&A with journalists …

Week in Brussels: Ministers set January target for US trade negotiation mandate
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Week in Brussels: Ministers set January target for US trade negotiation mandate

Today’s ‘FAC Trade’, as the meeting of trade ministers in November is called in the jargon, was intense. Here’s a rundown of the main outcomes of a meeting that was mainly about taking stock of many trade files. EU-US trade negotiations Ministers tried to assess the way forward in the …

US WTO ambassador rejects EU ideas on Appellate Body reform
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US WTO ambassador rejects EU ideas on Appellate Body reform

Dennis Shea must have been wearing his dancing shoes when he spoke at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington on Friday. The US ambassador to the World Trade Organization pirouetted around most of questions that, had they been answered, would have offered some new insights into the …

Beyond Brussels: Countries vow to intensify WTO talks on fisheries aid
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Beyond Brussels: Countries vow to intensify WTO talks on fisheries aid

Any mention of the World Trade Organization these days usually includes the words “reform” or “Appellate Body”. While efforts to limit harmful fisheries subsidies aren’t making many big headlines right now, the good news is that they actually seem to be making some progress. That’s not to say a deal …

China and the EU: The contradictions of exercising joint trade leadership
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China and the EU: The contradictions of exercising joint trade leadership

The EU and China know they must work together to show leadership in matters of global trade and investment. But realising effective cooperation with trade partners to make the system more robust and to withstand the “disruptive bilateralism originating from Washington” is easier said than done, argues Jacques Pelkmans.