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Jun 24, 2010
Jun 24, 2010

US accuses China of blocking Doha trade talks

GENEVA, June 24 (Reuters) – The World Trade Organization’s
long-running Doha round is stuck and a deal is impossible until
China and other big emerging economies join real negotiations to
open their markets, the U.S. ambassador to the WTO said on
Thursday.

The unusually outspoken comments were a sign of Washington’s
frustration at the reluctance of China, Brazil and India –
among the most dynamic players in the world economy — to create
more market opportunities to reach a deal in the talks.

Jun 24, 2010

U.S. says China blocking stuck Doha trade talks

GENEVA (Reuters) – The World Trade Organization’s long-running Doha round is stuck and a deal is impossible until China and other big emerging economies join real negotiations to open their markets, a top U.S. trade official said on Thursday.

The unusually outspoken comments were a sign of Washington’s frustration at the reluctance of China, Brazil and India — among the most dynamic players in the world economy — to create more market opportunities to reach a deal in the Doha talks.

Jun 23, 2010

Farm trade safeguard would have limited impact – study

GENEVA (Reuters) – A controversial plan to allow developing countries to raise tariffs temporarily to cope with a destabilising flood of food imports or drop in food prices would actually have little impact on trade flows, a new study shows.

Disagreements over the “special safeguard mechanism” were the immediate cause of the collapse in July 2008 of the last major attempt to conclude the World Trade Organization’s long-running Doha round to open up world trade.

Jun 22, 2010

U.S. rejects WTO panel on clove cigarette ban

GENEVA (Reuters) – The United States rejected on Tuesday a call by Indonesia for a World Trade Organization panel to rule on their dispute over the U.S. ban on clove-flavoured cigarettes.

Like many trade disputes, this turns on health and safety rules, and whether they are being abused to keep out imports.

Jun 14, 2010

U.N., OECD warn that bailouts distort investment

GENEVA, June 14 (Reuters) – Emergency bailouts by
governments to cope with the financial crisis have distorted
investment flows and should be scaled back as soon as it is safe
to do so, an international report released on Monday said.

But the U.N. Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)
and Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)
also found that regular investment policies in recent months had
tended to keep markets open and promote investment flows.

Jun 9, 2010

States clash over anti-counterfeiting enforcement

GENEVA (Reuters) – Rich and developing countries clashed on Wednesday over controversial proposals to tighten up the enforcement of intellectual property (IP) rights.

The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement is being negotiated by a dozen governments and authorities, mainly in rich states but including some emerging economies, to police trademark protection more effectively and ban Internet piracy.

Jun 9, 2010

SAfrica sees trade opportunities with India, China, Brazil

GENEVA (Reuters) – South Africa sees growing opportunities for trade with other developing countries as new economic powerhouses emerge and Europe is engulfed by economic and currency weakness, its trade chief said on Wednesday.

Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies said the changing world economy meant South Africa could intensify trade ties with countries such as Brazil, India and China at the expense of links with traditional partners such as the European Union.

Jun 9, 2010

SAfrica sees South-South trade opportunities

GENEVA (Reuters) – South Africa sees growing opportunities for trade with other developing countries as new economic powerhouses emerge and Europe is engulfed by economic and currency weakness, its trade chief said on Wednesday.

Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies said the changing world economy meant South Africa could intensify trade ties with countries such as Brazil, India and China at the expense of links with traditional partners such as the European Union.

Jun 8, 2010

U.N. refugee agency says Libya orders it out

GENEVA (Reuters) – Libya has ordered the U.N. refugee agency UNHCR to close its operations there, putting the future of more than 12,000 refugees and asylum seekers at risk, a UNHCR spokeswoman said on Tuesday.

The expulsion has taken on added gravity because of the Italian policy of pushing back refugees who are fleeing North Africa and the Middle East out of Italian waters into Libya, UNHCR spokeswoman Melissa Fleming said.

    • About Jonathan

      "I write about world trade for Reuters and also lead our Geneva bureau covering international organisations based in Geneva. I spent many years in Eastern Europe, both before the Berlin Wall came down, and after 1989, when I covered the economic transition of the region. I also worked in Moscow from 1994 to 1998, where I set up Reuters domestic service for Russia and the CIS, and ran news operations in the Nordic and Baltic countries from 1998 to 2002 and Southeast Asia from 2002 to 2007."
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