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    1. beyondbrics

      January 8, 2015

      Rare earths and China's self-correcting folly

      This week, a trade war that was supposed to tear the world of high-tech manufacturing apart ended peacefully, quietly and...

    2. January 5, 2015

      China axes rare earths export quotas

      China has axed quotas on rare earths exports and will probably replace them with a resources tax, eliminating a policy that...

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    1. December 12, 2014

      Talks to lower IT tariffs break down

      Talks to lower tariffs on IT goods around the world and update a two-decades-old international agreement governing their...

    2. December 2, 2014

      Mercosur fails to open doors as others seek alternatives

      When the European Union and Mercosur began discussing a trade deal in 1999 the logic seemed unavoidable and unassailable....

    3. December 2, 2014

      Dealmaker in charge at the WTO faces tough fight

      Will Roberto Azevêdo be able to rescue the World Trade Organisation again? After the Brazilian head of the WTO led its 159...

    4. beyondbrics

      November 28, 2014

      Guest post: which sectors face the greatest risks of protectionism?

      By Simon J Evenett of the University of St Gallen Three reports on protectionism have recentyly been published in as many...

    5. November 24, 2014

      Global metal trading becomes more difficult to regulate

      Global metals markets are becoming more difficult to regulate as manipulation takes more subtle forms and new trading...

    6. beyondbrics

      November 19, 2014

      'Peak Trade' and China's role in 5 charts...

      An article in today’s FT quotes some new research in which economists at the IMF and the World Bank warn that – in the...

    7. beyondbrics

      November 19, 2014

      The US and India: a trade truce with a twist

      Last week was a bad week for us sceptics of global governance, or so it seemed. The US and China struck a deal on reducing...

    8. November 16, 2014

      WTO breakthroughs fail to mask serious structural problems

      When India and the US last week ended a dispute that had paralysed the World Trade Organisation, it drew cheers from...

    9. beyondbrics

      November 15, 2014

      Guest post: US / India food deal and the WTO

      By Kavaljit Singh of Madhyam After months of stalemate, India and the US have agreed to resolve their differences over food...

    10. November 13, 2014

      US and India end WTO stand-off

      India and the US have ended their stand-off at the World Trade Organisation over New Delhi’s vast food security programme,...

    11. November 12, 2014

      Protectionism rising as growth slows

      Many more protectionist measures have been introduced into the global economy since the 2008 financial crisis than...

    12. November 11, 2014

      China and US look to the future with IT trade agreement

      China and the US on Tuesday reached an agreement that paves the way for the slashing of tariffs globally on high-tech goods...

    13. October 31, 2014

      EU steps up trade fight with Brazil over local content rules

      The European Union has escalated a dispute with Brazil over the country’s local content programmes in the auto and other...

    14. October 23, 2014

      Jean-Claude Juncker plays with future of EU-US trade deal

      Jean-Claude Juncker has secured parliamentary support for his European Commission, but the president has sent an odd signal...

    15. October 23, 2014

      Mexico warns US of retaliation in sugar war

      “All hell will break loose” if the US triggers anti-dumping duties on Mexican sugar in the coming days, Mexico’s economy...

    16. October 16, 2014

      WTO head Roberto Azevêdo urges shake-up of organisation

      The head of the World Trade Organisation warned on Thursday that the body had descended into “paralysis” and called for an...

    17. October 16, 2014

      Narendra Modi accelerates economic reform drive

      Narendra Modi, Indian prime minister, has accelerated his economic reform drive a day after his party won two state...

    18. beyondbrics

      October 15, 2014

      New York morning espresso

      ** FT News ** * HK police accused of beating protester | Officers use pepper spray and arrest 45 in clearance of road tunnel...

    19. October 14, 2014

      WTO sides with US in Indian poultry fight

      The World Trade Organisation handed the US a victory over India on Tuesday, ruling that a 2007 Indian ban on imports of US...

    20. October 13, 2014

      Time to rethink the way WTO takes its decisions

      It has been a tough decade for the World Trade Organisation. Six years ago the so-called Doha round of multilateral talks...

    21. October 12, 2014

      WTO begins talks to break deadlock over ‘consensus’ principle

      Leading members of the World Trade Organisation have begun discussions on how to circumvent the founding principle that all...

    22. October 9, 2014

      Testing times for those seeking open markets

      Viewed from on high and away from the niggling of the negotiating rounds, there are two ways to look at what is happening in...

    23. beyondbrics

      October 8, 2014

      America's craven capitulation in the WTO

      Two behemoths of the global economy finally reach a deal to resolve a trade dispute that has rumbled on for a decade. Good...

    24. October 5, 2014

      Trade rules urgently need to play catch-up with modern commerce

      Twelve months ago, the big contest for trade officials was over who could close the big deal: the 159 members of the World...

    25. October 5, 2014

      Rwanda finds working with the neighbours pays off

      The government of President Paul Kagame, who has for years maintained a firm grip on Rwanda’s politics, has built a...

    26. October 1, 2014

      US and Brazil reach accord on cotton subsidies

      The US and Brazil agreed on Wednesday to resolve a decade-long feud over cotton subsidies, marking an end to one of the...

    27. September 30, 2014

      Seven things to know about Nauru

      - Formerly known as the “Pleasant island”, Nauru was a German colony before the first world war. It was later administered...

    28. September 24, 2014

      India’s tough trade talks stance wins few friends in poor nations

      When India scuppered a World Trade Organisation deal in July New Delhi defended the decision to blow up years of...

    29. beyondbrics

      September 24, 2014

      Five reasons why the picture is looking gloomy for global trade...

      The World Trade Organisation released its latest forecasts for global trade on Tuesday and it is not a pretty picture. The...

    30. September 22, 2014

      Cotton hits snag as China restricts imports

      China will allow only the bare minimum tax-free imports of cotton next year as it tries to come to grips with a mountain of...

    31. beyondbrics

      September 15, 2014

      Guest post: the UN is not the solution for a rogue debtor

      By Arturo Porzecanski of American University José Antonio Ocampo, a former United Nations official and co-president with...

    32. September 10, 2014

      UN trade body criticises free trade

      The UN’s trade body has joined a chorus of criticism of globalisation, warning that developing countries reap little value...

    33. September 4, 2014

      US trade gap shrinks on record exports

      Record exports helped push the US trade deficit to its lowest level in six months in July, providing the world economy with...

    34. August 22, 2014

      WTO rules against Argentine import curbs

      The World Trade Organisation has added to Argentina’s woes just weeks after Buenos Aires was forced into a selective default...

    35. FT Alphaville

      August 21, 2014

      Video and review: "The System Worked", by Dan Drezner

      While reading Dan Drezner’s The System Worked, I kept thinking of the well-publicised conversation between Barack Obama and...

    36. August 17, 2014

      ‘The System Worked: How the World Stopped Another Great Depression’, by Daniel W Drezner

      I don’t agree with Dan Drezner. How could I? The thesis espoused in his latest book is that, all things considered, global...

    37. beyondbrics

      August 14, 2014

      Opinion: Russia, an economic black hole for its neighbours

      Pity any Russians wanting to sit down to their regular Sunday lunch of kangaroo steak, medium-rare. Thanks to the trade...

    38. August 7, 2014

      Russia threatens to go beyond food sanctions

      Fears of a damaging trade war between Russia and the west grew as Moscow banned imports of a wide range of agricultural and...

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