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Part III: Japan takes a step forward, ready to lower pork tariff for the TPP

Japan Times reports that Japan has agreed to review its policy on pork-imports with respect to the tariffs imposed. A brief discussion on the US-Japan standoff can be found here and here. It seems that Japan has finally come around to understanding that it stands to reap massive benefits if it is able to pull… Continue reading Part III: Japan takes a step forward, ready to lower pork tariff for the TPP

Asian powerhouses · Indian Masala · Ongoing disputes at the WTO · Trade and Environment · Western World

Part II: Alternative Defences for India in the Solar Cells dispute.

In recent news, the Panel for the India-Solar Cells dispute has been established. The unrelenting attack from the US-led West must be countered strongly by India. New Prime Minister, Mr. Narender Modi has given this job primarily to the Mrs.Nirmala Sitharaman in the Ministry of Commerce and Industry. She stands to be one of the key players… Continue reading Part II: Alternative Defences for India in the Solar Cells dispute.

Developing nations and LDCs · Recent Updates · Trade talks and negotiations

160 and counting: Yemen joins the club.

The WTO website reports that yesterday, after depositing its Instrument of Acceptance with Director General Roberto Azevedo, Yemen confirmed its membership terms and became the 160th country (and 7th Least Developed Country)to do so. Officially, Yemen will be granted the status of a WTO member on the 26th of June. The list of its commitments can… Continue reading 160 and counting: Yemen joins the club.

Asian powerhouses · Recent Updates · Trade talks and negotiations · Western World

Breaking the Ice: China enters into its first FTA with a European nation

Reuters reports that the details of the China-Iceland FTA which covers goods, services and investment, have been released. The text of the agreement can be conveniently accessed here. Back in April 2007, formal negotiations between the two nations had begun and went on for four successful rounds till mid-2008. However, the initiative received a major setback… Continue reading Breaking the Ice: China enters into its first FTA with a European nation

Ongoing disputes at the WTO · Recent Updates · Trade and Environment

Fate sealed?: Analysis of the Seal Products case – Part I

Recently, the WTO dispute regarding EU’s regime regarding the trade of seal products has resulted in plenty of insightful debates. The Appellate Body report came out a few days back and trade law experts like Simon Lester and Rob Howse have chipped in extensively. I’ll be taking on a few aspects of the case, as… Continue reading Fate sealed?: Analysis of the Seal Products case – Part I

Ongoing disputes at the WTO

Guest Post: Russia’s position in the EU/Russia pork dispute

[The following is a guest post by Greetika Francis, an alumnus of National Law University, Jodhpur. She is currently working with the Trade Policy division (Ministry of Commerce) under the Government of India.] Consultations between EU and Russia regarding the latter’s ban on pork and pork products from EU’s territory are currently ongoing.The “EU-wide” ban… Continue reading Guest Post: Russia’s position in the EU/Russia pork dispute

Asian powerhouses · Recent Updates · Trade talks and negotiations · Western World

Part II of the US-Japan sage: Follow up on TPP talks in Vietnam

Starting today, the dozen countries involved in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) will begin a new round of talks in Ho Chi Minh City. The four day meeting will be followed up with a ministerial gathering from 19th to 20th May in Singapore. The centre of attention will be the US-Japan deadlock, while the other 10 countries, including Australia… Continue reading Part II of the US-Japan sage: Follow up on TPP talks in Vietnam