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

WTO members agree surprise deal in Bali to cut barriers to global trade. Photo: Xinhua

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

New WTO head Roberto Azevedo. Photo: Reuters

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

Incoming World Trade Organization chief Roberto Azevedo could help revive stalled WTO talks. Photo: EPA

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

HSBC releases first-quarter results

7 May 2013 - 2:22am

Cut duties to help poorest, WTO candidate urges

Mari Elka Pangestu. Photo: AFP

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

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Shanghai's future under the spotlight

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

Raymond Poeteray

Ex-HK consulate official in Dutch spy case

29 Jan 2013 - 1:41am

US seeks new global trade deal for services

Ron Kirk, the United States’ top trade representative wants a global agreement on the service sector. Photo: Xinhua

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

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

Illustration: Craig Stephens

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

China to obey ruling on US steel imports: WTO

This picture shows the Maanshan Iron and Steel Company in Maanshan, central China's Anhui province. Photo: AFP

China said Friday it would change its restrictive policy on certain steel imports from the United States after the World Trade Organization declared that China was in breach of international trade rules.

17 Nov 2012 - 9:21am

China loses WTO appeal in US speciality steel case

Stacks of steel wires and sheets at a steel stockyard in Shanghai. Photo: EPA

China lost an appeal against a World Trade Organisation ruling in a dispute over US exports of a speciality steel product that is primarily made in the presidential battleground states of Ohio and Pennsylvania.

19 Oct 2012 - 10:41am

Mexico files WTO complaint against China over textiles

A textile factory in Jinjiang, in southeast China's Fujian province. Mexico accuses Beijing of giving tax breaks and other favourable deals to its own clothing and textile businesses. Photo: AP

Mexico has accused China of breaking World Trade Organisation rules by giving tax breaks and other favourable deals to its own clothing and textile businesses, the global trade body said on Monday.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Briefs, October 16, 2012

Women protesters chained to the St Paul's pulpit. Photo: EPA

Mexico files WTO complaint over China

16 Oct 2012 - 4:19am

WTO to rule on US' anti-subsidy duties on Chinese imports

WTO to rule on US' anti-subsidy duties on Chinese imports

The World Trade Organisation will decide whether American anti-subsidy duties affecting US$7.3 billion of Chinese products, such as solar panels, wind towers and steel wire, violate global commerce rules.

30 Sep 2012 - 10:14am

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