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  • Technology Has Transformed Trade – But the Rules Have Not Kept Pace

    Technology Has Transformed Trade – But the Rules Have Not Kept Pace

    10 December 2019
    By Stephen Olson

    The renewable WTO moratorium on electronic transmissions – which prohibits WTO members from assessing customs duties on cross-border digital transmissions — awaits an uncertain fate at the end of the year. Failure to renew the moratorium could result in tariffs being applied to currently duty-free transactions ranging from software downloads to digital music. The value of electronic transmissions and e-commerce has sky-rocketed since the moratorium was first enacted in 1998 and countries are now increasingly questioning whether the moratorium makes sense. The discussion surrounding renewal of the moratorium is indicative of a much broader trade governance challenge. The fundamental nature of trade has evolved dramatically in recent decades but the WTO rules which govern trade have not.

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  • Why stronger India-US trade is important for geopolitics

    Why stronger India-US trade is important for geopolitics

    5 December 2019
    By Stewart Paterson

    As China’s economic preeminence and geopolitical ambitions grow in Asia Pacific, an economically robust India and a stable and strong India-United States economic relationship are of increasing geo-economic importance for the balance of power in the APAC region. An India-US trade agreement would accelerate trade growth between the two economies and act as an important counterweight in a context where neither the US nor India are participants in the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) or the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP).

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  • WTO Reform: Will China Be Part of the Problem or Part of the Solution?

    WTO Reform: Will China Be Part of the Problem or Part of the Solution?

    19 November 2019
    By Stephen Olson

    China recently convened a “mini-ministerial” meeting of about 30 World Trade Organization (WTO) members on the fringes of a massive import fair in Shanghai. On the surface, the purpose of the meeting was clear and entirely constructive: to discuss the international trading system and WTO reform. The hope was to lay the groundwork for a productive outcome from the 12th WTO Ministerial Conference, to be held in Kazakhstan in June 2020. The international trading system continues to teeter, and few issues in trade are more urgent than undertaking the necessary WTO reforms. The continued relevance of the institution is at stake, and any useful dialogue that could be conducted in Shanghai under Chinese leadership would be welcome.

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U.S.-China FDI goes cold while venture capital heats up

U.S.-China FDI goes cold while venture capital heats up

23 August, 2019

With trade talks between the United States and China running hot and cold, it’s irresistible to get sucked into daily U.S.-China trade war updates with its unexpected tariff announcements. In the bigger picture, the underlying uncertainty caused by ongoing trade tensions between the United States and China is having a large impact, particularly on two-way foreign direct investment (FDI). 

 

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India’s tariffs could dent gains from California’s bumper almond crop

8 August, 2019

California growers have reason to worry about access to India, one of their biggest export markets. The Indian government increased tariffs on U.S. shelled almonds by 20 percent and non-shelled almonds by 17 percent in June, which could shortchange the gains hoped for by California almond growers who are expecting a bumper harvest this year. 

 

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