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With its new Information Technology Agreement,  the WTO is back in business. My piece for CapX here Tweet

Posted 30 Jul 2015 in Blog, technology, Trade
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I was interviewed on BBC World Service’s Newsday about how to make the World Trade Organisation more effective. Last week director-general Roberto Azevedo said the WTO was “prone to paralysis” following India’s refusal to lift its veto on the Bali deal agreed last December to streamline customs procedures, which was meant to be a confidence-building exercise to kickstart […]

Posted 20 Oct 2014 in Blog, Trade
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Svenska Dagbladet, 1 September 2013.

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Why the EU shouldn’t be spending nearly half its budget supporting agribusiness and landowners. Read my new e-brief for the Lisbon Council Tweet

Posted 04 Oct 2010 in Agriculture, Blog, Europe, Trade
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China’s latest trade figures show that its imports soared by 66% over the past 12 months, while exports grew by 24%. As a result, China recorded its first monthly trade deficit in 6 years. Contrary to those who accuse China of being a drag on the global economy, it is a leading engine of growth. […]

Posted 12 Apr 2010 in Blog, China, Global Economy, Trade
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The United States imported $2.7bn worth of the steel pipe used in oil and natural gas production in 2008, making it the highest-value US trade injury case on record. But because of slumping demand and US duties already imposed in the case, imports of the product from China fell last year to about $1.1bn. Now […]

Posted 12 Apr 2010 in Blog, China, Trade, United States
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A truly excellent article. Excerpts On currency manipulation: The US treasury has been charged by Congress to assess whether China is a “currency manipulator”. Although President Barack Obama has now delayed for some months when the treasury secretary, Timothy Geithner, must issue his report, the very concept of “currency manipulation” itself is flawed: all governments […]

Posted 12 Apr 2010 in Blog, China, Global Economy, Trade, United States
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Patrick Messerlin, one of France’s most perceptive economists, has written an interesting piece in the new issue of Europe’s World about how OECD countries should respond to the rise of China, India and other emerging economies. Brazil, China, India, Korea and Mexico are already playing a key, positive role in the world economy. First, in […]

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Eight years after China’s WTO accession, many US industries complain that they face significant non-tariff barriers to trade… These barriers include, for example, regulations that set high thresholds for entry into service sectors such as banking, insurance and telecommunications . . . and the use of questionable sanitary and phytosanitary measures to control import volumes. Sounds a lot like […]

Posted 04 Apr 2010 in Blog, China, Trade, United States
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Ha-Joon Chang's suggestion that the world needs a dose of protectionism to tide it through the global recession is utterly misguided. Read my new article for Prospect here. Tweet

Posted 25 Mar 2009 in Blog, Globalisation, Trade
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Prospect, April 2009. Ha-Joon Chang’s suggestion that the world needs a dose of protectionism is utterly misguided

Posted 25 Mar 2009 in Globalisation, Prospect, Published articles, Trade
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After the Omnibus Appropriations Bill signed into law by President Obama scrapped a pilot programme that allowed a small number of Mexican trucking companies to carry cargoes north of the border – as NAFTA requires – Mexico has responded by slapping tariffs of up to 45% on 90 American agricultural and industrial imports. Renault is […]

Posted 20 Mar 2009 in Blog, Europe, Mexico, Trade, United States
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The FT reports. Let’s hope the financial crisis doesn’t spur a wider outbreak of protectionism Tweet

Posted 21 Oct 2008 in Blog, Trade
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Gordon Brown’s reshuffle has certainly captured headlines. But what does it mean for the trade and immigration debates? That Peter Mandelson jumped at the chance to leave his job as EU trade commissioner for a non-job as UK business secretary (which has been stripped of the energy and enterprise portfolios) provides further confirmation that the […]

Posted 06 Oct 2008 in Blog, Britain, Immigration, Trade
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Philip Stephens has written an excellent article in the FT about why the Doha breakdown matters. He concludes: The collapse of Doha, however, speaks to the failure of both sides to own up to the world as it is. On the side of the rich countries, particularly the US but no less many European nations, […]

Posted 31 Jul 2008 in Blog, Global Economy, Trade
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The WTO’s Doha round has collapsed yet again. Like a beaten up boxer, don’t expect it to be back on its feet any time soon. Tweet

Posted 29 Jul 2008 in Blog, Trade
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Washington Post, 6 April 2008. Like it or hate it, NAFTA is not a big deal for the US economy – and renegotiating should not be a priority for the new president

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Read my article in the Washington Post here. Tweet

Posted 05 Apr 2008 in Blog, Trade, United States
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World trade talks collapse in acrimony, says the FT. Global trade talks founder, says the WSJ. Latest world trade talks collapse, says the BBC. Tweet

Posted 22 Jun 2007 in Blog, Trade
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The US’s most significant "free-trade agreement" since NAFTA, the first with an Asian country, with "state-of-the-art" chapters and "unique" provisions – the embattled Bush administration was wheeling out the superlatives to describe the bilateral trade deal clinched with South Korea this morning. Tweet

Posted 02 Apr 2007 in Blog, Trade, United States