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  1. English has always been an integral part of Hong Kong's international trade

    Posted Jul 20th 2011, 12:00am

    ... the integral part English has always played, and continues to play, in that very environment. Hong Kong was built, from the beginning, on international trade, much of it British and most conducted ... and went on to say that if the Hong Kong government 'wishes to fill jobs with international workers, it needs to confront issues that increasingly deter those workers. If it wishes jobs ...

  2. Beijing slashes by half unpopular tariff on electronic goods

    Posted Jan 29th 2011, 12:00am by Michael Martin

    ... Michael Martin Beijing halved the tariff on imported information technology products after a public outcry arose over people being charged 1,000 yuan (HK$1,180) for iPads they bought in Hong Kong or abroad. The State Council had approved cutting the tarif ...

  3. Rita, the game is over... but enjoy the skiing

    Posted Jan 30th 2011, 12:00am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... as an outgrowth of something called the GATT, the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade. The WTO was the second attempt to formalise the GATT. The first attempt, the International Trade Organisation, ... government ideas in technology. And she doesn't need to go to Davos to review progress in the negotiations of the World Trade Organisation. There has been no progress. But the World Economic ...

  4. Increasing imports point to trade deficit in first three months

    Posted Jan 28th 2011, 12:00am by Denise Tsang

    ... Denise Tsang China may move from a trade surplus to a trade deficit during this quarter as import growth exceeds that of exports, a central government research centre has said. Exports may ... trade frictions, according to a State Information Centre report published in the China Securities Journal yesterday. A trade deficit, however, may ease some tensions with the United States over ...

  5. Delegates call for cut in luxury-goods tax

    Posted Mar 05th 2011, 12:00am by Celine Sun

    ... Celine Sun Import tariffs for luxury goods and electronic products should be lowered to encourage affluent consumers to spend money inside the country, said CPPCC delegates. They said the overly high tariffs had been unchanged for more than a decade and w ...

  6. China's slide into a trade deficit is nothing to do with the yuan

    Posted Mar 29th 2011, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... economists in the US capital have blamed America's swelling trade deficit with China on the undervaluation of the yuan. They accuse Beijing of intervening in the foreign exchange market to keep the yuan artificially low in order to steal an unfair price advantage for China's exports in world markets. The result, as they see it, is America's bilateral trade deficit with China. ...

  7. Beijing's intransigence threatens G20's future

    Posted Feb 21st 2011, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... of the G7 was no longer equal to the task of steering the international financial system. If the crisis was to be surmounted, and a new financial architecture constructed to prevent a recurrence, ... are contributing to international economic imbalances. The task shouldn't have been so difficult. If a country lives above its means, spending far more than its income, then it has to borrow heavily ...

  8. Anti-dumping duties on rubber extended

    Posted May 10th 2011, 12:00am

    ... of the talks, said international trade lawyer Edmund Sim. In 2005 the Ministry of Commerce imposed anti-dumping duties of 10 to 20 per cent on chloroprene rubber, which is used in the production ... again,' the website said. Anti-dumping duties of 10 to 20 per cent have a significant impact on chloroprene rubber imports as its profit margins are slim, said Sim, a partner in international law ...

  9. Insult upon insult does not engender trust

    Posted Jan 23rd 2011, 12:00am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... in international recognition. When the president of the United States rolls out the red carpet for another head of state, then surely he accords that head of state as much legitimacy as his own, does he ... mistrust untouched and angry congressmen haven't changed their line. China cheats, they say. It maintains a big trade surplus with the US by continuing to undervalue the yuan and it thus ...

  10. New US yuan act fails to clear crucial WTO trade-law hurdle

    Posted Oct 26th 2011, 12:00am

    ... themselves an unfair trade advantage. China is not mentioned, but it is the obvious target. The bill's supporters believe that under international trade laws, China's persistent ... Oversight Reform Act of 2011 passed by the US Senate two weeks ago is not only economically misguided, it suffers from a fatal legal flaw, according to the World Trade Organisation's (WTO) ...




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