General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade

Laissez-faire and the dentist's chair

Free trade and dentistry have a lot in common. Everyone is in favour of dental work, in principle, but few are enthusiastic about visiting the dentist.

Monday, 6 February, 2012, 12:00am

Within the rules

I refer to the debate between Professor Wang Guigao of the Hong Kong WTO Research Institute and Raymond Young Lap-moon, Deputy Secretary for Commerce, Industry and Technology, on whether the Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement (Cepa) conforms with WTO requirements against discrimination.

13 Sep 2003 - 12:00am

Last-minute deal to forgo sanctions saves day in long-running feud over key farm exports

China and Japan have averted a trade dispute over three farm exports with an agreement hours before a deadline at which Tokyo would have had to decide whether to impose trade sanctions.

22 Dec 2001 - 12:00am

US brand on textiles deal

CHINESE LEADERS ARE famous for their negotiating savvy. But when mainland officials began to bargain for admission to the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (Gatt) - since superseded by the World Trade Organisation - in 1986, even they could not finesse the fact that their negotiating position was an extremely weak one.

8 Nov 2001 - 12:00am

Over the final hurdle

It has been a long time coming, but China is finally about to join the World Trade Organisation. Other than settling terms for bringing in Taiwan, the remaining tasks are largely bureaucratic; the last big hurdle was this week's Senate vote to grant Beijing normal access to the American market on a permanent basis.

21 Sep 2000 - 12:00am

Fifty years ago

GENEVA (September 1): THE world to-day faces its biggest ever trade crisis and it is far from sure that Europe will be on its feet by 1952, even with Marshall Aid, Governments were warned to-day.

29 Aug 1999 - 12:00am