Faltering for Months, Global Free Trade Talks Suspended
trade representatives officially suspended the Doha round of free
trade talks, marking a major setback to efforts to reduce trade
barriers throughout the globe. Sherman Katz of the Carnegie Endowment
for International Peace analyzes the breakdown.
Suspension Deals Blow to Free Trade Efforts
December 19, 2005
Agree to Phase Out Farm Export Subsidies
ministers from 149 nations concluded talks in Hong Kong with a
deal on eliminating farm export subsidies by 2013 but without
agreements on reducing trade barriers for agricultural and industrial
over Agriculture Threatens WTO's Hong Kong Meeting
representatives from 149 nations will converge in Hong Kong from
Dec. 13-18 at the World Trade Organization's ministerial meeting
in an attempt to revive the Doha Development Agenda to lower trade
barriers in farm and manufacturing goods and services.
of Trade Talks Hints at U.S.-Latin American Divide
Bush's inability to broker a hemisphere-wide free trade zone during
a 34-nation summit in Argentina has brought the differences between
U.S. and Latin American policies into sharp relief. Alvaro Vargas
Llosa, director of the Center on Global Prosperity, and Sarah
Anderson, director of the Global Economy Project at the Institute
for Policy Studies, consider the divisions over free trade.
U.S. Push for Latin American Free Trade Agreement Falls Short
EU Clash over Airplane Subsidies
United States and European Union have filed lawsuits against each
other before the World Trade Organization over subsidies to aircraft
makers Airbus and Boeing, setting the stage for one of the largest
clashes in WTO history. Edward Allen of the Financial Times discusses
the trade dispute.
Nations to Form World's Largest Free Trade Zone
from China, Japan and South Korea signed a landmark pact with
members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)
in Laos Monday aimed at developing the world's largest free trade
area by 2010.
Talks Back on Track After Negotiations in Geneva
and poor nations struck a deal Sunday to relaunch global trade
talks, agreeing to a general framework to cut farm subsidies,
open industrial markets and boost global growth.
Rules Against American Cotton Subsidies, U.S. Vows Appeal
World Trade Organization ruled Friday that U.S. subsidies to cotton
farmers are unfair to producers in Brazil, but the United States
said it will appeal the decision. The
WTO's final report upholds an April preliminary ruling that American
government subsidies cause artificially low international prices,
hurting Brazilian farmers.
Rules Against U.S. Cotton Subsidies
World Trade Organization handed Brazil a key victory Monday when
the international body ruled against the United States and its
subsidies to cotton farmers. In
the preliminary decision, the WTO ruled that U.S. subsidies to
some 25,000 cotton farmers distort world prices, violate global
trade rules and price developing nations' goods out of markets,
Rules EU Can Retaliate Against U.S. in Trade Dispute
World Trade Organization concluded Tuesday that the European Union
can retaliate against the United States in a dispute over a U.S.
1916 anti-dumping law.
and Australia Agree to Free Trade Pact
United States and Australia reached a free trade deal Sunday that
supporters said would increase U.S. manufacturing exports to Australia
by $2 billion a year. Australia is the United States' 13th largest
export market and buys more goods from America than from any other
Rica Joins U.S.-Central America Free Trade Agreement
agreed Sunday to join a free trade pact with the United States
that already includes four other Central American countries. The
announcement came after U.S. and Costa Rican negotiators resolved
issues in areas including market access for agriculture, textiles
and apparel, and professional services.
U.S., Four Central American Countries Reach Free Trade Deal (12/17/03)
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Bush Lifts Steel Tariffs, Avoids Trade War
lifted tariffs on foreign steel Thursday, less than a month after
the World Trade Organization's highest court ruled that they violated
global trade laws. Jim Lehrer discusses the move with the president
of a steelworkers' union and a lawyer for businesses that use
Talks on Track After Meeting in Miami
ministers from across the Americas papered over differences and
concluded their meeting one day early after drafting an outline
for future talks aimed at creating the world's largest free trade
Defends Quotas on Chinese Textiles
Bush administration's decision Tuesday to set new quotas on Chinese
textiles has angered China and may have led to the country suspending
expected purchases of U.S. farm products.
Tariffs on Steel Found to Violate Trade Laws
The Bush administration
suffered a setback in the trade wars when the World Trade Organization
ruled that the tariffs the United States imposed on imported steel
last year violate global trade laws.
Talks in Cancun Collapse
discusses the collapse of the talks and the ramifications for
the trade organization with Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Josette
Shiner and Richard Bernal, the lead negotiator for the Caribbean
countries at the meetings.
WTO Talks Break Down as Poorer Countries Flex Their Muscle
Free Trade Could Heighten Ethnic Tensions
As world trade representatives in Cancun, Mexico debate lowering
barriers to international commerce, Paul Solman investigates one
possible downside to free trade -- the possibility that it could
increase hostilities toward ethnic minorities in some developing
Pushes Rich Countries to End Agriculture Subsidies
One of the most contentious issues facing ministers gathering
in Cancun for the meeting of the World Trade Organization is how
to address the use of agricultural subsidies. Fred de Sam Lazaro
reports on how U.S. cotton subsidies affect the global market
and the life of farmers in the African nation of Mali.
High Leading into WTO Conference
As WTO member countries gear up for the Sept. 10-14 ministerial
conference in Cancun, Mexico, tensions between industrialized
nations and their developing counterparts remain high over agricultural
subsidies and other contentious topics.
Approves Record Sanctions Against U.S.
The WTO ruled that the E.U. may impose record sanctions of some
$4 billion on U.S. exports, creating a major incentive for Washington
to abandon special tax breaks for U.S. companies that export goods.
Battle Over Steel Tariffs
Paul Solman reports on the ongoing international fight over the
Political Forces Influence Trade
As the Senate heads for a vote on trade legislation that includes
steel tariffs, Kwame Holman reports on the politics of trade.
Passes Farm Subsidies Bill
Gwen Ifill leads a discussion on the $180 billion farm bill that
the Senate passed and whether it violates the WTO agriculture
Free Trade Across the Americas?
A panel debates the merits of a free trade zone spanning the Americas.
Objects to U.S. Tariffs on Imported Steel
Experts discuss the President Bush's decision to impose tariffs
on imported steel and the international response to his move.
Trade with China
Two members of the U.S. House of Representatives debate whether
China should be granted permanent normal trade relations.
Discuss their Opposition to Globalization
Two World Bank protest organizers discuss their opposition to
globalization and world trade agreements.
WTO Director General Discusses the Seattle Summit
World Trade Organization Director-General Mike Moore discusses
the troubled Seattle summit, the role of diplomacy in commerce
and the future of international trade.
The WTO After Seattle
Experts discuss the future of international trade following last
week's collapsed WTO talks in Seattle.
The Chief U.S. Trade Negotiator Reflects on the WTO's Seattle
U.S. Trade Representative Charlene Barshefsky talks to Margaret
Warner about how the breakdown of the WTO talks in Seattle will
influence international trade.
Clinton Addresses the WTO Conference in Seattle
The full text of President Clinton's speech to the WTO during
its 1999 Seattle summit
China Pushes for WTO Membership
Ray Suarez talks with three experts about China's push to join
the WTO and whether a successful membership bid would encourage
democratic reforms in the Asian nation.
Assess the WTO as the Seattle Conference Begins
Trade experts assess the merits of the U.S. involvement in the
WTO and debate the organization's effectiveness.