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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 …

'Everything is focused on containing 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 …

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 …

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.

Beyond Brussels: G20 eyes bland trade consensus as US, China seek reset
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Beyond Brussels: G20 eyes bland trade consensus as US, China seek reset

Trade ministers from the world’s top 20 economies will gather today in the coastal Argentine town of Mar del Plata to discuss issues such as e-commerce and inclusive global value chains in the agricultural sector. But there can be little doubt that the $500 billion firestorm brewing between the US …