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World Trade Organization

Report warns G8 of stealthy surge in protectionism

Major economies competing to restore export-led growth are stealthily imposing more protectionist measures than at any time since the financial crisis began, a leading trade monitoring group said in a report seen by Reuters.

Thursday, 13 June, 2013, 2:27pm

New WTO leader must prove trade body still relevant

It was billed as a proxy fight over global trade between the developing and developed countries. If that was the case, then emerging economies like China have won a significant battle. Brazil's Roberto Azevedo has been chosen as the new director-general of the World Trade Organisation. Apparently, the United States and the European Union backed his rival, Herminio Blanco of Mexico.

10 May 2013 - 4:43am

China to change duties on US steel imports, after WTO ruling

China says it will change its restrictive policy on certain steel imports from the United States after the World Trade Organisation declared it was in breach of international trade rules.

18 Nov 2012 - 4:44am

Laos, Russia join WTO path to growth

Laos hosted the 9th Asia-Europe Meeting in its capital, Vientiane, this week, and many will see this as a coming-out party for the Southeast Asian nation, which is about to become the newest member of the World Trade Organisation.

8 Nov 2012 - 2:16am

Hopes high for investment and trade as Laos prepares to join WTO

After years of preparation, Laos is on the verge of joining the World Trade Organisation (WTO), a milestone that it owes to a slew of reforms it must now enforce.

5 Oct 2012 - 4:24am

Beijing should settle WTO case over rare-earth exports

Here is a little secret that folks at the Ministry of Commerce in Beijing do not want the domestic audience to know much about.

12 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

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. Free trade is like that, but more so because while it remains a much lauded principle, in practice the excuses for avoiding its implementation are even more effective than dentist evasion.

6 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

WTO upholds ruling on China's export restrictions

The World Trade Organisation has rejected China's appeal of a WTO ruling that found its restrictions on exports of nine raw materials breached trade rules.

The WTO concluded on July 5 that Chinese quotas, export duties and licence requirements on the country's exports of industrial ingredients that include coke, zinc and bauxite were discriminatory.

1 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Ten years in the WTO sees turnaround in philosophy

A nation's changing economic influence and fortunes can alter its economic philosophy, and that is what is happening between the United States and China in regard to global free trade and economic globalisation, former vice-minister of commerce Wei Jianguo says.

12 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

What they say

Henry Gao, associate professor of law, Singapore Management University: 'Joining the WTO has enhanced government transparency tremendously - 10 years ago many laws and regulations were often closely guarded within government agencies and not disclosed to the public. Today, you can check the Ministry of Commerce's website and find lots of government information.

11 Dec 2011 - 12:00am