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The focus on trade this week is divided between Washington, DC, and Buenos Aires, Argentina, where trade ministers some 5,000 miles south of the U.S. capital are meeting to advance the World Trade Organization’s agenda -- a meeting U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer is expected to leave early.


Carla Hills: “What other government would want to sit down and negotiate on any topic?”

Mon, 4:58 PM

“The administration knows very well where farmers and the food and ag industries stand, but I would advise anybody to be prepared with contingencies.”

Mon, 3:53 PM

The director-general said he was “relentless in beating the drum” at MC11.

Mon, 1:40 PM

From 2004 to 2007, Victor Cha he was the director for Asian affairs on the National Security Council.

Mon, 8:38 AM

Also, “the EU will resist any attempts to undermine or weaken the multilateral system, including dispute settlement as one of its central pillars,” the council said.

Sun, 2:43 PM

BUENOS AIRES – U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer on Monday told other World Trade Organization members the U.S. believes some members are inappropriately using the WTO’s dispute settlement system to gain concessions at the negotiating table.

BUENOS AIRES – Civil society groups attending the World Trade Organization’s 11th ministerial are opposing the expansion of the WTO’s negotiating agenda, instead saying members should focus on completing the Doha Development Agenda in a way that benefits developing countries.

BUENOS AIRES – Ministers gathered at the World Trade Organization’s 11th ministerial will have to decide whether to renew moratoriums on e-commerce duties and non-violations of the WTO’s intellectual property agreement while also grappling with what sources described as fading chances for a ministerial declaration.

BUENOS AIRES – World Trade Organization Director General Roberto Azevêdo today will ask U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer for a “political commitment” and a display of “political will” to show flexibility during negotiations at the WTO’s 11th ministerial conference.

BUENOS AIRES – The G33 – a group of developing countries – wants a permanent solution on public stockholding and an agreement on a special safeguard mechanism to be agreed to this week without any linkage to other aspects of the negotiations here at the 11th World Trade Organization Ministerial Conference.

BUENOS AIRES – On the eve of the World Trade Organization's 11th ministerial here, Argentina's minister for foreign affairs said the world must reform and expand the multilateral trading system rather than withdraw from it.

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  • The Trump administration is looking to score easy political points at the cost of a stable bilateral trade relationship with China by self-initiating antidumping and countervailing duty probes into Chinese aluminum, the state-run media outlet Xinhua wrote in a commentary published Monday.

  • Citing security concerns, the Argentine government is refusing to allow at least 20 civil society groups from attending the 11th World Trade Organization ministerial in Buenos Aires, according to an email from a WTO official to the groups obtained by Inside U.S. Trade.

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