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Ag issues central in US-UK trade talks
US farm groups are looking for big wins as US negotiators push the UK to abandon European barriers to agricultural trade in the countries’ first round of trade talks, according to officials aware of the proceedings.
Pompeo presses Israel to distance from China
A China-Israel agreement could strengthen the Chinese influence in the management of the new port at Haifa. This is a scenario that keeps the Americans awake at night.
EU seeks trade truce with US amid virus crisis
The EU’s top trade official hopes the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic will spur efforts to heal US trade ties, bogged down in a tit-for-tat tariff feud.
US-UK trade talks have begun – here’s what each side wants and what to expect
Trade talks between the UK and US have officially begun. There are some things we know about what each side is looking to get out of a deal.
Calls rise in China to rework deal with US: sources
More hawkish voices have emerged within China on the phase one trade deal with Washington, with some calling for new negotiations and a tit-for-tat approach on spiraling trade issues.
US seeking control over UK’s trade sovereignty
Any potential trade deal will be more about what the US can take from Britain’s markets rather than what it will give, with big pushes to open up agricultural and pharmaceutical sectors to American businesses.
China’s purchases of US goods will fall way short of ‘phase one’ trade deal due to the coronavirus, says think tank
"The targets were never realistic; they were just gaudy numbers meant to impress. The pandemic made the unrealistic the impossible."
US-Kenya FTA and the rights to land and food
The US Trade Representative has announced plans to negotiate a free-trade agreement with Kenya. This would be the first free-trade agreement the US has negotiated with an African nation.
Civil society organizations and concerned activists submit nearly 7,500 comments on proposed US-Kenya trade agreement
Public Citizen submitted formal comments to the US Trade Representative explaining why negotiating a standard US FTA with Kenya is a very bad idea in general.
US-UK trade talks must put people and the planet first
US and UK civil society groups worry trade deal could privilege corporate profits at the expense of the environment, consumer safety, public health and worker rights.
If the government doesn’t halt trade talks with Trump, it’s learned nothing from coronavirus
The US trade model is not only unpopular with the British public, but it will also make us more vulnerable to future pandemics.
Armenia ‘under pressure’ from UK and US over mining dispute, says EU report
An internal EU report claims that the UK government has pressured the Armenian government in a two-year standoff between protesters, an international mining company and the authorities.
US firms give condition for free trade deal with Kenya
American firms have asked Kenya to fix its intellectual property laws as one of the conditions for backing the “model trade agreement” being negotiated by the two states.
EU scrutiny of GM food is not negotiable
74 NGOs have written to the EU Commission to demand that genetically modified crops are not pushed onto Europe’s fields and plates as part of a trade deal with the USA.
US-United Kingdom trade negotiations: Private sector priorities
The US Chamber of Commerce urges negotiators to consider its objectives, as part of the US and UK free trade agreement.
China trade deal turns from key Trump asset to an albatross
Trump raised concerns of a resumption of economic hostilities with China, threatening to withdraw from the trade deal if Beijing’s purchase pledges come up short.
Post-Brexit trade deal talks with US to begin this week
Britain will begin the first round of post-Brexit trade deal talks with the US this week as the government seeks to strike an "ambitious" relationship which "opens up new opportunities" to UK businesses.
’Reckless’ to restart US-UK trade talks in midst of pandemic, campaigners say
Coronavirus has exposed the flaws in the pro-corporate agenda that this trade deal is intended to entrench.
India on US patent watch list
The US on Wednesday placed India on the “Priority Watch List” for the lack of sufficient measurable improvements to its intellectual property framework
ASA, USSEC submit comments to USTR on US-Kenya trade agreement
US Soybean Export Council and the American Soybeans Association wants the inclusion of provisions on agricultural biotech in the US-Kenya agreement.