Under pressure to show progress in the lagging negotiations for a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman and European Union Trade Commission Karel De Gucht have decided to focus first on advancing the market access part of the initiative, according to informed sources.
China in 2013 surpassed the United States as the world's largest trader as measured by the sum of its exports and imports, even as the U.S. remained the largest importer of goods, according to a new World Trade Organization report.
Updated: A Japanese official said yesterday (April 15) that he does not expect President Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to "negotiate" on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) during Obama's trip to Tokyo next week, in an apparent signal that the two sides may not reach a breakthrough during the meeting.
The United States next week will request a World Trade Organization panel to challenge India's local content requirements in both phases of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM), an initiative designed to boost the country's solar power sector.
Updated: China is appealing one aspect of a mixed World Trade Organization ruling in which a majority of a three-person panel upheld a 2012 U.S. law that allows the Commerce Department to impose countervailing duties (CVDs) against non-market economies (NMEs), over the objections of one panelist.
The U.S. technology industry has quietly begun discussing how it might scale back its demands to eliminate tariffs quickly under an expansion of the Information Technology Agreement (ITA), in the hope that this might help break the deadlock in the ITA talks caused by China's resistance to eliminating a wide range of tech tariffs in the near term.
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