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2009-01-27 11:38:48

After losing a World Trade Organization case with the United States over protection and enforcement of copyrights and trademarks, China pledged on Tuesday to cooperate with other countries to secure the requirement of intellectual property rights. Acting U.S. Trade Representative Peter Allgeier noted that a WTO panel found that a number of deficiencies in China's IPR (Intellectual Property Rights) regime are incompatible with its WTO obligations, Reuters reported. "We will engage vigorously...

2009-01-22 13:03:37

The head of the World Trade Organization warned the global financial downturn was throwing economies in the Third World into potentially dangerous disarray. Director-General Pascal Lamy told an audience in London Thursday many developing nations depended on demand for exports of raw materials and agricultural goods, which has been drying up in recent months. Add to this the fact that the crisis is also impacting negatively on external sources of funds, such as foreign direct investment or...

2009-01-20 18:47:40

The World Trade Organization said Tuesday it would rule on a case brought by China against the United States concerning punitive import duties. The United States has imposed anti-dumping and anti-subsidy duties on two types of steel pipes, pneumatic tires and woven sacks, the Financial Times reported Tuesday. Dumping is the practice of selling products abroad at prices lower than the products fetch in the producer country. China is concerned with the U.S. practice of investigating unfair...

2009-01-05 08:00:00

HONG KONG, Jan. 5 /PRNewswire-Asia-FirstCall/ -- VODONE Limited ("VODONE" or the "Group") (SEHK code: 0082), a leading online media services provider with the leasehold of a complete set of internet business and internet video broadcasting licenses in China, is pleased to announce that the chairman of the board of directors of the Group and the director of China APEC (Asia Pacific Economic Conference) Development Council, Dr Zhang Lijun, has been appointed as the vice president and the...

2008-12-29 10:00:00

Pledges Support for Obama Administration to Strengthen Trade Remedies PITTSBURGH, Dec. 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Leo W. Gerard, President of the United Steelworkers (USW), today issued a statement and release of a letter calling on the Bush administration's top negotiators in the Doha Round of the World Trade Organization (WTO) to again reject the latest draft rules that would weaken workers' defense against predatory trade practices by undermining U.S. trade laws on illegal dumping and...

2008-12-16 17:02:00

LONDON, Dec. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- The Remote Gambling Association (RGA) today urges the European Commission to take the necessary next steps to protect EU interests from WTO-violating retroactive and discriminatory enforcement by US authorities in the area of Internet gambling. Today saw a principal shareholder of PartyGaming Plc plead guilty to charges under the 1961 Wire Act. This is the first time this Act has been applied to Internet gambling beyond sports-betting. Despite never offering...

2008-12-02 15:09:20

The head of the World Trade Organization said talks on the cotton market that opened in Geneva Tuesday were a key to promoting development in the Third World. Director General Pascal Lamy told delegates to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development High Level Multistakeholder Meeting on Cotton that establishing an equitable cotton program has become a litmus test of the commitment to make the WTO Doha Round of global trade negotiations a truly development round. Developing...

2008-11-21 00:22:14

Asian-Pacific ministers, meeting in Lima Peru, said they're ready to meet in Geneva for an early conclusion to the stalled Doha Round of free trade talks. The ministers representing the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum said in a statement Thursday they "will step up our engagement with our partners as needed to urgently advance the negotiations, including being prepared to participate in a meeting in Geneva'' for an outline del by the end of the year, Kyodo news service reported. ''A...

2008-09-18 12:00:29

MyStarU.com has announced that its subsidiary, Panyu M&M Import Export Company, has increased import of dairy products to China. Panyu's importing product lines have had 110% growth in 2008. Recently, Panyu has been importing dairy products from an exporter in New Zealand. Alan Lun, CEO of MyStarU.com (MYST), said: "Panyu is taking full advantage of the domestic market in China - MYST's trading segment is to develop consumer products, especially food, with its relating products...

2008-09-16 03:00:20

By Zermeno, Sergio THE EUROPEAN UNION HAS STEADFASTLY opposed agricultural trade liberalization, as proposed by the United States, with arguments in favor of food security and employment.1 And it makes sense that the old continent, which is home, in proportional terms, to five times as many farmers as the United States, sees no incentive in opening its market to cheap, heavily subsidized U.S. food and having to pay even greater subsidies than it already does to protect its own important...