Monthly Archives: November 2004

What did the election results mean?

Small changes in the dis­tri­b­u­tion of votes in each coun­try would have seen very dif­fer­ent out­comes. bq. In the *Unit­ed States*, the Pres­i­dent won 51% of the pop­u­lar vote but the out­come was deter­mined by a major­i­ty of Elec­toral Col­lege that was due, final­ly, to the results in Ohio. There, the Bush­mar­gin was 130,000 votes; […]

Argentina recognises China as a ‘market economy’

Chi­na is pro­gres­sive­ly under­min­ing the penal­ty pro­vi­sions of its WTO pro­to­col of acces­sion that allow oth­er coun­tries to use prej­u­di­cial anti-dump­ing rules on imports from Chi­na. It’s time for Aus­tralia to offer the same recog­ni­tion to our num­ber three trad­ing part­ner bq. The deci­sion fol­lows a two-day vis­it to Buenos Aires by Hu Jin­tao, China’s […]

Lamy looks to Geneva next

Why not? After all, he’s thought­ful, charm­ing, resource­ful, opin­ion­at­ed and inclined to lead: qual­i­ties that recent DG’s have not had in the same mea­sure. bq. Out­go­ing Euro­pean Union Trade Com­mis­sion­er Pas­cal Lamy said Thurs­day he might con­sid­er a bid to become the next direc­tor gen­er­al of the World Trade Organ­i­sa­tion. “I’m not say­ing that I […]

Dispute over on-line gambling services in WTO

The brief “report in the Finan­cial Times”: of the pan­el report dis­guis­es the real inter­est of this case—which seems to be the first WTO dis­pute deal­ing with *access to an e-Com­merce mar­ket*. There are sev­er­al aspects to the case that war­rant close atten­tion to the Appeal that the USA is cer­tain to launch. # The […]

Barriers go up to Chinese clothing

The USA and EU nego­ti­at­ed a *belts and braces* set of tem­po­rary pro­tec­tion mea­sures that Chi­na was forced to accept as part of the price of join­ing the WTO in 2001. The Chi­na Pro­to­col of Acces­sion pro­vides both a tex­tile/­­cloth­ing-spe­­cif­ic safeguard—available until 2009—and a broad­er safe­guard for all prod­ucts includ­ing tex­tiles and cloth­ing that is […]

Trade and the G W Bush Administration bis

A sec­ond Bush admin­is­tra­tion is very like­ly to have the same trade out­look as the first, although it will be man­aged by dif­fer­ent peo­ple. The top pri­or­i­ty for Bush _bis_ is like­ly, again, to be bilat­er­al agree­ments: par­tic­u­lar­ly the stymied “Free Trade Agree­ment of the Americas”: This will be, like all such region­al trade agree­ments, […]