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2008-07-29 06:00:26

By Stephen Castle As seven years of global trade talks approach another nervy climax, China is emerging as a central player - and coming under heavy criticism from the United States and others for its tough tactics. But no one should be surprised to find the Chinese trade minister, Chen Deming, playing hardball. In 2004 Chen studied at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and he has said privately that he learned all his negotiating skills in the United States. Now,...

2008-07-28 21:00:31

Text of report in English by Japan's largest news agency Kyodo Geneva, July 29 Kyodo - Ministers of key trading powers will continue talks Tuesday [29 July] under the World Trade Organization, Indian Commerce and Industry Minister Kamal Nath said. The minister made the remarks when he met reporters after seven major trading powers - Australia, Brazil, China, the European Union, India, Japan and the United States - wrapped up their meeting early Tuesday. The prospects for the Doha Round...

2008-07-28 06:00:46

Text of report in English by Japan's largest news agency Kyodo [By Takuya Karube] Geneva, July 28 Kyodo - Japan is considering accepting many of the compromise proposals having been put on the negotiation table at the World Trade Organization for a free trade accord, trade sources said Sunday. Japan is finding it difficult to rebuff the proposed target of 4 per cent each rich country is allowed to designate as sensitive farm products to shield them from steep tariff cuts, the sources...

2008-07-24 06:00:42

By Dan Buglass Rural LITTLE progress is being made in Geneva by the representatives of 35 countries at the World Trade Organisation's discussions aimed at liberalising international commerce. These negotiations, part of the so-called Doha Round, which involves all 152 WTO member states, date back to 2001. Agricultural subsidies and tariffs are a key issue, with many of the world's developing economies taking the view that the EU's Common Agricultural Policy and the support for farmers...

2008-07-09 06:00:21

Text of report by Hong Kong newspaper South China Morning Post website on 9 July [Report by Ng Tze-Wei: "HK Activists Speak Out on China"] Hong Kong protesters among the thousands of activists in Sapporo to oppose the G8 summit say they want to tell the other side of China's development story. "Globalisation is also causing problems for China, for example, in relation to food security," said Au Loong-yu of Globalisation Monitor, a group that was actively involved in the anti-World Trade...

2008-07-04 12:00:28

WATERLOO, CANADA--(Marketwire - July 4, 2008) - New research from the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) shows how the Group of Eight (G8) Summit in Hokkaido Toyako, Japan, on July 7- 9, can play a unique role in improving policy coherence in global health governance. Global Health Governance and Multi-Level Policy Coherence: Can the G8 Provide a Cure? describes opportunities available to the G8 leaders to remedy weaknesses in the current global health governance regime....

2008-06-16 18:00:26

By Sam Wood THE NATIONAL Beef Association (NBA) has joined with farming bodies across Europe in an attempt to get the European Commission to scrap plans to reduce beef import tariffs. They will try to persuade MEP's to back efforts to convince the European Commission to scrap plans to reduce beef import tariffs by 70%. The NBA says if tariffs are reduced they will have a devastating long term impact on European beef production. The plan is part of the settlement package put forward...

2007-11-27 09:00:53

By Gonzalez, Carmen G INTRODUCTION On September 29, 2006, a World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute settlement panel issued its final decision (the EC- Biotech decision) in the complaint brought by the United States, Canada, and Argentina against the European Communities (EC) over the EC's alleged moratorium on the approval and marketing of agricultural and food products containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs).1 The panel concluded that the EC had applied a de facto moratorium on...

2006-09-05 22:53:47

BEIJING (Reuters) - WTO chief Pascal Lamy says the political will may exist to revive stalled global trade talks, but negotiations can resume only if countries compromise on the main stumbling block of agriculture, according to remarks published on Wednesday. Lamy, director-general of the World Trade Organization, told the China Daily that he was testing the political waters in the hope of resurrecting the market-opening talks, known as the Doha round, which were suspended in July....

2006-09-05 09:13:05

STRASBOURG, France (Reuters) - European trade chief Peter Mandelson said on Tuesday he would head to Washington later this month as part of attempts to revive the World Trade Organization's Doha round of trade liberalization talks. Mandelson told the European Parliament he would visit Washington "to meet with figures, personalities on (Capitol) Hill" to discuss the round. He did not comment further. Mandelson and other trade ministers from influential WTO countries are due to meet in...


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