GENEVA (Reuters) – China’s curbs on exports of some raw materials to conserve resources may not meet the stated goals while giving Chinese manufacturers an unfair advantage, the World Trade Organization said on Monday.
The remarks, in a report prepared for China’s two-yearly trade policy review, constituted a rare comment by the WTO’s secretariat on a current dispute between members.
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GENEVA (Reuters) – World Trade Organization members agree they must push on with difficult talks on a global trade deal, but November’s U.S. mid-term elections mean they are unlikely to bear fruit before next year.
The United States, ultimately the key to any pact, says that what is on the table after 8 years of talks on the Doha round is simply not compelling enough to attract support back home.
PARIS (Reuters) – Ministers from major trading powers decided on Thursday to redouble efforts for a deal in the stalled Doha round, arguing that opening up global trade would boost the world economy without hitting budgets.
They acknowledged the 8-1/2-year-old Doha round was at an impasse and that serious negotiations — away from the glare of the media and public diplomacy — were now needed to break the deadlock.
GENEVA, April 20 (Reuters) – The World Trade Organization
is to investigate a U.S. complaint that Philippines duties on
distilled spirits discriminate against foreign suppliers of
liquor, trade sources said on Tuesday.
The United States says that Manila taxes alcoholic products
made from domestic materials such as sugar or palm at lower
rates than imported spirits made from other materials, hurting
sales of U.S. brands such as Jack Daniel’s or Jim Beam whiskey.
GENEVA (Reuters) – The Icelandic volcanic eruption that has paralyzed air traffic in much of Europe could also harm people with breathing problems, the World Health Organization said on Friday.
The United Nations health agency has not yet ascertained the heath risks from this specific eruption, but once the clouds settle they could be dangerous, spokesman Daniel Epstein said.