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Mar 26, 2010

WTO members pursue Doha deal as trade rebounds

GENEVA, March 26 (Reuters) – WTO members tacitly dropped a
deadline for a new trade deal on Friday, a move welcomed by some
as injecting reality into the long-running Doha talks, but seen
by others as risking a de facto suspension of the negotiations.

The decision to pursue the talks into an uncertain future
came as the World Trade Organization forecast that global trade
volumes would expand by nearly one tenth this year, rebounding
from the crisis and shrugging off halting progress on Doha.

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Mar 23, 2010

WTO tells EU to stop illegal Airbus subsidies

GENEVA/PARIS, March 23 (Reuters) – A World Trade
Organization panel called on Tuesday on the European Union to
end illegal subsidies to Airbus <EAD.PA>, ratcheting up the
stakes in the multi-trillion-dollar large aircraft market.

The call came in a confidential 1,000-page ruling by the
WTO panel in one of two cases in the trade dispute involving
arch-rivals Boeing <BA.N> and EADS subsidiary Airbus.

Mar 18, 2010

WTO to rule on support for Airbus

GENEVA, March 18 (Reuters) – A long-awaited World Trade
Organization decision next Tuesday on state support for Airbus
planes will clarify rules on industrial subsidies but does not
mean the end of the decades-old civil aircraft dispute.

Subsidy rules are at the heart of the transatlantic battle
for dominance in a market that aerospace firms estimate will be
worth $3 trillion over the next 20 years.

Mar 18, 2010

WTO needs political miracle for 2010 Doha deal

GENEVA (Reuters) – Members of the World Trade Organization are likely to conclude next week that it will take a political miracle to agree a new trade deal this year, consigning yet another Doha round deadline to the dustbin.

The U.S. and European Union trade chiefs have already acknowledged that it may not be possible to complete the Doha round of negotiations by 2010, as demanded by leaders at the last G20 summit and other meetings.

Mar 17, 2010

China envoy urges Iran to compromise, wary on sanctions

GENEVA (Reuters) – China has urged Iran to accept a nuclear fuel swap proposal to ease demands for new sanctions on Tehran, a senior Chinese diplomat said, adding that Beijing wants “every avenue” tried before considering sanctions.

China faces mounting demands from Western powers to approve a proposed United Nations resolution imposing new sanctions on Tehran, which they say wants the means to make nuclear weapons and has broken non-proliferation safeguards.

Mar 16, 2010

Strong yuan calls ignore China stability needs: U.N. agency

GENEVA (Reuters) – International calls for China to allow its yuan currency to appreciate take no account of the importance of the country’s stability for the region and for the world, a U.N. agency report said on Tuesday.

The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) also said countries should manage exchange rates through a system allowing nominal exchange rates to be adjusted for inflation differentials.

Mar 15, 2010

Transatlantic airliner row edges towards resolution

GENEVA (Reuters) – The row between the United States and European Union about billions of dollars in subsidies for civil aircraft takes a step toward resolution this month with a confidential report from the World Trade Organization.

Industry sources said on Monday a WTO panel would circulate a confidential ruling to the parties in the U.S. case against aid for Airbus <ARBU.UL> planes built by EADS <EAD.PA> by the end of March.

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      "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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