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Dec 13, 2012

US wind tower producers plead for duties on China, Vietnam

WASHINGTON, Dec 13 (Reuters) – U.S. wind tower
manufacturers, already facing the expiration of a tax credit
that has pumped up demand for wind energy projects, on Thursday
pleaded for a U.S. government panel to approve steep duties on
imports from China and Vietnam.

“The American wind tower industry has been devastated by
Chinese and Vietnamese trade practices,” Kerry Cole, president
of Trinity Structural Towers, the largest remaining U.S.
producer of utility scale wind towers, told the U.S.
International Trade Commission.

Dec 11, 2012

India scores lowest on intellectual property protection – index

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The four members of so-called BRIC group of emerging economies – Brazil, Russia, India and China – have one more thing in common: they received the worst scores for protecting copyrights, patents and other intellectual property in a new index released on Tuesday by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

The index prepared for the group’s Global Intellectual Property Center scored 11 countries on a point scale from zero to 25, with the United States receiving the highest overall tally of 23.73 and Britain coming in second at 22.40.

Dec 11, 2012

BRICs score lowest on intellectual property protection -index

WASHINGTON, Dec 11 (Reuters) – The four members of so-called
BRIC group of emerging economies – Brazil, Russia, India and
China – have one more thing in common: they received the worst
scores for protecting copyrights, patents and other intellectual
property in a new index released on Tuesday by the U.S. Chamber
of Commerce.

The index prepared for the group’s Global Intellectual
Property Center scored 11 countries on a point scale from zero
to 25, with the United States receiving the highest overall
tally of 23.73 and Britain coming in second at 22.40.

Dec 11, 2012

U.S. trade deal could be a lot for Europe to swallow

WASHINGTON/BRUSSELS, Dec 11 (Reuters) – Can Europeans, who
have balked for years at many U.S. food imports, accept a free
trade agreement with the United States that opens the door for
imports of genetically modified crops and chickens cleaned with
chlorine?

That’s one of the big questions facing policymakers as the
transatlantic trading partners, both hoping to boost exports to
help their struggling economies, consider launching talks in
2013 on a free trade pact.

Dec 6, 2012

U.S. Senate OKs Russia trade and rights bill, angering Moscow

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate on Thursday approved legislation to punish Russian human rights violators as part of a broader bill to expand U.S. trade with Washington’s former Cold War enemy.

Passage of the bill, by a 92-4 vote, drew an immediate angry response from Moscow, which had been warning that the human rights provisions would damage relations.

Dec 6, 2012

US Senate approves Russia trade, rights bill

WASHINGTON, Dec 6 (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate on Thursday
a pproved l egislation to punish Russian human rights violators as
part of a broader bill to expand U.S. trade with the former Cold
War enemy.

The 92-4 vote sends the package to President Barack Obama,
who is expected to sign it into law, despite Moscow’s warning
that the human rights provisions will damage relations.

Dec 6, 2012

EU, U.S. step up WTO action in Argentina trade row

BRUSSELS/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The European Union and the United States stepped up their fight against Argentine trade practices on Thursday, formally requesting the World Trade Organization rule on whether the South American country’s import restrictions are illegal.

The move followed similar challenges from Japan and Mexico, meaning Buenos Aires is now embroiled in disputes with four major trade partners, who say its rules discriminate against foreign goods at a time when trade is central to their hopes of an economic recovery.

Dec 6, 2012

Senate set to approve Russia trade, rights bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Senate was poised on Thursday to approve legislation to punish Russian human rights violators as part of a broader bill to expand U.S. trade with the former Cold War enemy.

The vote would send the package to President Barack Obama, who is expected to sign it into law despite Moscow’s warning that the human rights provisions will damage relations.

Nov 30, 2012

U.S. presses Russia, Ukraine on trade concerns

WASHINGTON, Nov 30 (Reuters) – U.S. Trade Representative Ron
Kirk on Friday urged Russia to keep its market open to U.S. meat
products and expressed hope the U.S. Senate would soon pass a
bill upgrading trade relations between the two countries, his
office said.

Kirk, who is in his final months as USTR, also met with
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Kostyantyn Gryshchenko to urge
Ukraine not to proceed with actions that have alarmed many
members of the World Trade Organization.

Nov 29, 2012

After election, pressure grows on Obama in Asia-Pacific trade talks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S.-led talks on a free-trade pact in the Asia-Pacific region are entering a potential make-or-break stage, putting pressure on President Barack Obama and other leaders to sacrifice sensitive domestic interests for a big deal to boost growth.

The 11 countries involved in the Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP, talks meet next week in Auckland, New Zealand, for the 15th round since negotiations were launched in March 2010.