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WTO

WTO members agree surprise deal in Bali to cut barriers to global trade

The deal, the first they've reached in nearly two decades, keeping alive the possibility a broader agreement to create a level playing field for rich and poor countries can be reached.

Sunday, 8 December, 2013, 4:26pm

Challenges await new WTO chief, Brazil's Roberto Azevedo

As Brazilian Roberto Azevedo prepares to take the helm of the WTO, analysts say his victory in its leadership race is a clear sign of the clout of emerging nations. He is also seen as having the potential to revive stalled World Trade Organisation talks, which aim to harness global commerce to give a boost to developing countries.

9 May 2013 - 2:52am

Brazil’s WTO job a sign of trade clout, hope for talks

As Brazilian Roberto Azevedo prepares to take the helm of the WTO, analysts say his victory in its leadership race is a clear sign of the clout of emerging nations.

He is also seen as a having the potential to revive stalled World Trade Organization talks which aim to harness global commerce to give a boost to developing countries.

8 May 2013 - 10:55am

Talking points

HSBC releases first-quarter results

7 May 2013 - 2:22am

Cut duties to help poorest, WTO candidate urges

Emerging economies should follow China's example by waiving duties and quota limitations on their exports in order to help the world's least-developed countries, said a candidate for the WTO's top post.

8 Apr 2013 - 5:34am

Talking points

Shanghai's future under the spotlight

More clues will emerge as to the future of the city of Shanghai today, as mayor Yang Xiong meets the media. The city's legislature approved the appointment of Yang to the top job yesterday. The new mayor has unveiled plans for the trial launch of the mainland's first free-trade zone in the hope of creating a northern version of Hong Kong.

2 Feb 2013 - 2:02am

Talking points

Ex-HK consulate official in Dutch spy case

29 Jan 2013 - 1:41am

US seeks new global trade deal for services

The United States will meet representatives of other major economies to try to negotiate a global agreement on the trade in services, the top US trade representative Ron Kirk said.

“The negotiations will begin in Geneva, Switzerland, with a group of 20 trading partners, who represent nearly two-thirds of global trade in services,” Kirk said, in a statement.

16 Jan 2013 - 12:32pm

China's economy in need of a new wave of reforms to avoid contraction

Vice-Premier Li Keqiang said at a recent State Council seminar that "reforms are China's greatest dividends". Indeed, a review of China's economic performance in the past two decades shows that reforms played a critical role in lifting China's growth potential.

28 Dec 2012 - 1:54am 1 comment

China's pro-market reforms must not be on paper only

The government's Central Economic Work Conference last weekend emphasised quality over quantity for China's future development. It is a laudable objective. But, unless the government is revamped, it will be hard to accomplish.

19 Dec 2012 - 2:23am

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