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India set to engage with new USTR on pending trade pact
ndia will engage with new US Trade Representative Katherine Tai once the Congress approves her nomination and seek her views on the pending mini trade deal, trade minister Piyush Goyal said.
UK favors comprehensive over quick US trade deal, envoy says
The UK wants to prioritize depth rather than speed in completing work on a free-trade agreement with the US, the nation’s ambassador said.
Australia has a great chance to engage in trade diplomacy with China, and it must take it
Australia’s efforts to end a diplomatic deep freeze with China may not be getting anywhere fast on the surface, but there are nonetheless some signs of a potential thaw.
The struggle in the Western Sahara combines old and new colonialism, says Sahrawi activist
The EU claims to be a place of democracy and human rights but it is neglecting the reality in the Western Sahara and conducting its policies in full awareness of the situation.
As UK joins CPTPP hopefuls, S. Korea hurries to prepare application
The South Korean government is speeding up its preparations to apply for membership in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) after effectively making official its plans for negotiations to join.
Q&A: Int’l arbitration expert on Alberta’s threat of ’slam-dunk’ case v. USA over Keystone veto
Alberta’s Premier said that the Canadian province, which has an equity in the now-canceled Keystone XL pipeline, may seek compensation under investor-protection provisions still in effect under NAFTA
US Chamber slams Mexico power bill as breach of USMCA trade pact
The bill gives preference in electricity distribution to the state-run Comision Federal de Electricidad and seeks to eliminate its obligation to buy electricity through auctions.
How Google could sue Australia for billions
Google and Facebook could sue the government for billions of dollars over a proposed law to force the digital giants to pay publishers for displaying news content, by seizing on investment clauses in the Australia-Singapore trade agreement.
US Chamber drives for Kenya-US trade deal
The United States Chamber of Commerce has urged President Joe Biden to seal a new trade deal with Kenya, which was initiated by his predecessor Donald Trump.
Biden to focus on trade enforcement after years of Trump tariffs
President Joe Biden’s administration is setting up its trade policy to prioritize enforcement of existing commitments by the US’s partners over negotiating more deals to open new export markets.
S. Korea vows to speed up trade talks with Central, South America in 2021
South Korea’s trade ministry vowed to make more progress in expanding trade pacts with counterparts from Central and South America this year, in line with its efforts to diversify its export portfolio amid the growing protectionism around the globe.
Table of foreign investor-state cases and claims under NAFTA and other US “trade deals”
ISDS tribunals have ordered governments to pay corporations more than $989 million in compensation after ISDS attacks launched just under U.S. agreements.
Taiwan says realistic about U.S. trade deal, but one will happen eventually
Taiwan is under no illusions it can quickly sign a long hoped for free trade deal with the United States but feels when the time is right “success will flow naturally”, the island’s chief trade negotiator said on Friday.
Keystone XL legal risks highlight dangers of putting investors before climate change
The owner of Keystone XL — TC Energy (previously TransCanada) — used NAFTA to launch a US$15 billion lawsuit in 2016 after President Barack Obama cancelled the project.
China’s trade with US failed to meet phase-one deal targets last year, and 2021 is not expected to yield more success
Analysts point to unrealistic goals in original deal with United States, and overall trade goals may continue to remain elusive in this year.
US attacks Australia’s ’extraordinary’ plan to make Google and Facebook pay for news
The US has said the proposed legislation could run counter to the US-Australia free trade agreement.
Kenya gears for third round talks on US trade deal
Trade and Industrialization Cabinet Secretary Betty Maina says the country is ready to return to the negotiating table once the new administration in the US settles.
Canada scrambles to salvage Keystone XL as Biden prepares to kill troubled pipeline project
Alberta believes there was a “very solid” legal basis to seek damages under international free trade agreements if the pipeline is effectively killed, said Alberta Premier
TNCs reviving TPP Frankenstein
Corporate globalisation and Covid-19 should also have taught developing countries that they must reject FTAs strengthening IPRs, ISDS and TNCs in order to secure policy space to ’build back better’.
Taipei seeks to persuade Europeans for BIA talks
The government is stepping up efforts to persuade European countries to start bilateral investment agreement talks with Taiwan, as the conditions are ripe, Minister said