Asian powerhouses · Dispute Settlement · Western World

It’s all about the money: WTO and House of Cards

After binge watching Netflix’s original series, House of Cards, I couldn’t help going back and finding exactly how much of it (in terms of US-China relations) is accurate. Though it has several slight references to “rare earth minerals”(find out what that’s about here), the focus of the depicted trade war are negotiations revolving around a… Continue reading It’s all about the money: WTO and House of Cards

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

Asian powerhouses · Ongoing disputes at the WTO · Western World

Hold on to your horses! : The preemptive appeal (China- Rare Earths, Part I)

Anyone who has been keeping up with recent WTO news will know that two economic giants have been crossing swords over certain underground gems. I’m of course referring to the WTO dispute concerning China’s export restriction on rare earth materials of Tungsten and Molybdenum.[1] The United States, EU and Japan brought a case against the… Continue reading Hold on to your horses! : The preemptive appeal (China- Rare Earths, Part I)

Asian powerhouses · The Doha Debate · Trade talks and negotiations

Part I: Where we stand-Doha in Doldrums

It has been almost 12 years since the concept of the “Doha Agenda” was developed. In the wake of several critics claiming that the WTO has failed as an international institution, Director General of the WTO, Roberto Azevẻdo recently warned that the institution has eight months to prove that it has a future. In London,… Continue reading Part I: Where we stand-Doha in Doldrums

Asian powerhouses · Trade talks and negotiations · Western World

Clash of the Titans: Why China is miffed with the TPP

The Transatlantic Trade Partnership  has become the focal point of several debates recently. I’ll try and take up a post on them soon. Here’s the plot in brief: The story begins in 2005. Brunei, New Zealand, Chile and Singapore entered into the Trans-Pacific Strategic Economic Partnership Agreement (TPSEPA) to promote regional trade and increase development… Continue reading Clash of the Titans: Why China is miffed with the TPP