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, […]