Before a March 14-15 meeting in Chile planned to review next steps after US withdrawal from the TPP, other negotiating partners – plus China, Korea and Colombia – shared views on future possibilities.
Shujiro Urata, a fellow of the Japan Centre for Economic Research and a former economist at the World Bank, said on February 28 that China has been unable to “contribute constructively” to the past five years’ Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) talks and would be unable to accept some key TPP chapters.
The British Brexit debate, and the aftermath of Trump’s election, are bringing out widely contrasting views of China as a business partner. Some are hopelessly naive.
US Congressional committee claims China “violates the spirit and the letter of its international trade obligations”
A US Congressional committee prepared a report before the November 8 elections savagely attacking China’s good faith as a trading partner.
Theresa May keeps insisting “Brexit means Brexit”. But no-one in Britain can agree what Brexit means, how long it’ll take to get there or what Britain’s trade policy will be once it’s out of the EU.
The US Administration admitted on November 11 it no longer expected Congressional ratification of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) during the Obama Presidency. President-elect Trump has already announced abandoning the deal will be among his first acts after his January 20 inauguration.
I simply don’t buy US lobbyists’ conviction the TPP will get ratified this year. Shouldn’t they abandon the attempt?
Why is the TPP (and with it the TTIP and the TiSA) so close to death?
China’s November 11 call for a Free Trade Area of the Asia-Pacific (FTAAP) seems to add yet another grandiose trade plan doomed for oblivion to a puzzling set of projects which all miss the obvious: the agreements traders and consumers actually want.
“WTO report says restrictive trade measures continue to rise in G-20 economies” says another scare-mongering headline from the WTO.
14 pro-trade organisations claim “WTO and the global trading system face a make or break situation” WTO Director General Roberto Azevêdo thinks “This could be the most serious situation that [the WTO] has ever faced.”
Fiji’s apparel trade relies on duty-free exports to Australia and New Zealand under the SPARTECA programme, of which Fiji is the inly main beneficiary. This expires on December 31: Fijians believe its renewal depends on Fiji’s mid-September elections returning a pro-trade government, though there is little evidence that renewal is high on the domestic agendas of the the Australian or New Zealand governments
The Australian and Japanese Prime Minsters signed a free trade agreement on July 9, which now needs ratification by both countries’ legislatures.
A set of disturbing claims about Vietnamese rights violations by US unions and activists, together with the US Department of Labor blacklisting Vietnam for its use of child labour in garment making, holds the potential, in our view, to delay implementation of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) past the end of this decade – if it ever gets off the ground
The new Clothesource Guide to Apparel Trade Regulations makes it easy to understand what rules apply to most cross-border trade in garments.