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  1. The external rules that drive internal reforms

    Posted Jun 14th 2006, 12:00am by Mike Moore

    ... Union ministerial meeting on technology and government, then zipped into Zurich to talk with investors about changes in the Asia-Pacific region, and trade. Thinking about what successful ... make use of their assets. The Baltic states have shrugged off their Soviet past. They quickly joined the World Trade Organisation, then the EU and Nato. They established the economic ...

  2. Obama should end all sanctions on Cuba

    Posted Apr 15th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... minimal. The island's economy is shaped by Cuban policies, not the United States' unilateral trade embargo. It is those domestic policies - centralisation, collectivism and restrictions ... But the restrictions have also violated basic human rights. They infringe upon the internationally recognised right to freedom of movement and breach the international prohibition on the involuntary separation ...

  3. Beijing steps up crackdown on fakes

    Posted Jan 28th 2009, 12:00am by Nick Westra

    ... property,' said Ministry of Commerce spokesman Yao Jian. 'We will continue to strengthen the work of copyright protection.' A panel of judges from the World Trade Organisation ruled earlier this week that the mainland had violated two aspects of a key trade agreement by excluding non-state-approved goods from copyright protection and failing to properly dispose of the copies. A third ...

  4. Beijing warns of 'trade war' over US currency bill

    Posted Oct 05th 2011, 12:00am

    ... it,' White House spokesman Jay Carney said. He said the administration wanted to be sure any measure met US 'international obligations'. Analysts warned that a trade war could have ... Cary Huang in Beijing cary.huang@scmp.com Beijing has warned Washington that it risks triggering a trade war with legislation being considered by the US Senate that would punish China ...

  5. Mainland likely to ride Bush's coattails to freer trade

    Posted Nov 05th 2004, 12:00am by Toh Han Shih

    ... re-elected.' 'Kerry would have been more protectionist on trade,' said Leora Blumberg, international trade adviser of Heller Ehrman White & McAuliffe, a US law firm. 'Bush is big ... to freer trade with China, despite the fact that on the day of victory his administration threatened to impose import quotas on the mainland textile trade. 'Now that Bush doesn't need ...

  6. Praise and prodding from EU trade chief

    Posted Mar 16th 2004, 12:00am by Bill Savadove

    ... Bill Savadove in Shanghai EU Trade Commissioner Pascal Lamy yesterday said the mainland was still lagging in meeting some WTO pledges, but he described relations between the two political giants as the best in years. Mr Lamy also raised concerns over the European Union's growing trade deficit with the mainland, though he said it had yet to become a political problem. ...

  7. HK trade chief to put Doha talks on agenda

    Posted Oct 17th 2003, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Hong Kong's trade chief says he will push for continuation of the Doha round of World Trade Organisation talks on cutting agricultural tariffs during the Bangkok Apec meetings. ... for global trade talks to resume by December 15, a deadline many nations initially set. Mr Tsang was asked if Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra's plans to emphasise bilateral talks rather ...

  8. Hard time may await Wen on first US visit

    Posted Dec 03rd 2003, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... makes it clear that the Bush administration will push China not only for trade concessions but will seek promises from Mr Wen to quicken the pace of democratic reforms. 'The economic ... must be addressed to avoid potential conflicts in Sino-US links. 'The US granted permanent normal trade relations [PNTR] to China in 2000 with the understanding that it would liberalise ...

  9. US trade-pact plan must not isolate China, Asean told

    Posted Apr 03rd 2012, 12:00am

    ... Cary Huang in Boao cary.huang@scmp.com A senior trade official warned yesterday that a US-initiated multilateral free-trade agreement should not be aimed at isolating China, ... the free-trade agreement. However, in its present form, the agreement is considered unacceptable by China. Despite some Chinese officials saying that Beijing was studying the Trans-Pacific Partnership ...

  10. N Korean trade to move further into the shadows

    Posted May 30th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... trading companies source basic commodities such as grain, textiles and machine parts - often serviced by men in bad suits who hand-carry cases of foreign currency back and forth. This is the routine world of North Korean commerce - a shadowy if tiny trade that is certainly set to find itself in the spotlight after Pyongyang's second nuclear test last Monday. The Stalinist hermit ...




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