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2009-06-25 05:48:45

Prominent US trade executives announced they have submitted a request to the Chinese government pushing for the relinquishment of a new rule demanding all computers be installed with Internet filtering software, the AFP reported. China may be breaking the established terms of agreement with the World Trade Organization by making it mandatory for all computers within its borders to operate with the "Green Dam" program, Commerce Secretary Gary Locke and US Trade Representative Ron Kirk said....

2009-06-25 00:24:46

China, responding to a U.S.-EU complaint about its export restrictions, says its policy is consistent with World Trade Organization rules. The United States and the European Union have complained to the WTO that China's limits on exporting some of its raw materials are unfair. China's Xinhua news agency quoted an unnamed Commerce Ministry official as saying the export restrictions on commodities such as bauxite, coke, magnesium, zinc and silicon metal are designed to protect the environment...

2009-06-23 14:51:00

China's export quotas, taxes are illegal trade barriers that hurt U.S. manufacturing workers WASHINGTON, June 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The United Steelworkers (USW) today gave strong support for a new World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute filed by the United States and European Union, challenging China's export restrictions on key raw materials and minerals used in manufacturing. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20080131/DC12982LOGO) The U.S. and the EU have requested WTO...

2009-06-16 09:04:00

PARIS, June 16 /PRNewswire/ -- - While Some States Envisage a "New Approach" to Resume the Doha Round, the Theses and Figures Put Forward by Pascal Lamy were Contested at the end of the International Workshop Organized at the Sorbonne on June 4th and 5th by momagri's Head Economist Bertrand Munier, University Professor and Chief Economist at momagri, stated at the end of this workshop: "agricultural price volatility, the impact of speculation and the progress made in...

2009-03-27 10:03:00

U.S. regulation of Internet gambling would resolve trade dispute WASHINGTON, March 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As part of a formal investigation, the European Commission has issued a preliminary report that finds U.S. laws on Internet gambling are legally not justified and discriminatory. The report found that the treatment of foreign Internet gambling operators by the U.S. under existing domestic law constituted a barrier to market access for European companies and is inconsistent with...

2009-03-24 09:55:44

South Korea and the European Union Tuesday agreed to a tentative trade deal that would erase most tariffs between the countries within five years. Just as many nations are passing protectionist measures directly with tariffs or indirectly with domestic subsidies, South Korean and Europe are near completion of a two-year negotiating effort, The New York Times said Tuesday. Trade officials warned that a few disagreements need to be overcome before trade ministers can sign the agreement, which...

2009-03-24 08:03:13

The volume of world trade will likely fall 9 percent in 2009, the largest contraction in more than 50 years, the World Trade Organization said. In a report due Wednesday, the WTO predicted German exports could fall 10 percent this year, the EU Observer reported Tuesday. WTO Director General Pascal Lamy said world leaders meeting April 2 in Britain for the Group of 20 summit will have a unique opportunity to unite in moving from pledges to action and refrain from any further protectionist...

2009-03-19 10:08:25

Fewer trips into and out of Canada were made in January than a month prior, the federal Statistics Canada agency reported from Ottawa Thursday. Travel out by Canadian residents totaled 3.8 million, a 2.4 percent decline over December. Of those trips, 690,000 were to overseas countries, the report said. Canadians took 1.7 million same-day car trips to the United States, down 0.8 percent, while the overall number of overnight U.S. trips fell 1.9 percent to 1.4 million, StatsCan said. There were...

2009-03-13 13:31:19

China said it may take retaliatory measures against the United States for a ban on Chinese poultry products passed by the U.S. Senate Thursday. The ban is part of the Omnibus Appropriation Act of 2009, which includes a provision that bars funding for establishing or implementing a rule that allows poultry imports from China. A Chinese deputy representative to the World Trade Organization, Zhang Xiangchen, criticized the measure, calling it a perfect example for (WTO) training classes, the...

2009-02-04 20:53:31

A proposed Buy American component in the U.S. economic stimulus plan would violate principles of the World Trade Organization, Japan's prime minister said. The Financial Times reported Wednesday that there is a proposed requirement in the stimulus bill for U.S. companies to use domestic steel and manufacturing products in infrastructure projects funded by the stimulus. Prime Minister Taro Aso said at the World Economic Forum in Davos last week there was widespread feeling that talk of Buy...