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India’s withdrawal from RCEP a breather on many fronts
India’s decision to pull out of RCEP means its policy on access to inexpensive drugs will not be under pressure.
First blow for post-Brexit Britain as Australia rejects trade deal
Australia turned down the UK’s appeal for freedom of movement between the two countries.
Japan aims to start EPA talks with UK
Tokyo wants to abolish tariffs on cars, which account for the largest amount of its exports to the UK.
China’s new policy on foreign investment and the security of intellectual property
Proper mandatory licenses will be exempt from claims for expropriation under the China BIT model.
2nd phase of CPEC starts with establishment of SEZs in various parts of country
The second phase of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a flagship project of Belt and Road Initiative has started with the establishment of special economic zones in various parts of the country.
Trade war: China to travel to US on January 13 to sign phase one deal
China’s trade delegation tentatively plans to travel to Washington for four days from January 13 for the signing of the phase one deal.
Israel-Panama free trade agreement enters into force
A free trade agreement between Israel and Panama entered into force on January 1, granting preferential market access for goods and aiming to eliminate trade barriers between the countries.
EU crisis: Austria rejects major trade deal in huge blow for Brussels
Austria has thrown the European Union’s decades-long Mercosur trade talks into disarray after the country’s new government will not support the pact in its current form.
USTR’s ag negotiator shares more on trade deal with China
The agreement will not only increase Chinese purchases of US agricultural products but pave the way for long-term structural reforms.
What the amendments to the USMCA mean for Canadian IP law
Many requirements of the original USMCA have already been met by recent changes in Canadian IP legislation, but more amendments will be required to implement the USMCA.
Brexit: Johnson to open trade talks with Ursula von der Leyen
Boris Johnson is expected to open talks on the country’s post-Brexit trade deal with the new president of the European commission when she visits Downing Street.
Neoliberalism and the end of politics
Understanding power is more important to predicting the winners and losers of neoliberal economic policies than knowing the economics.
White House trade adviser says phase one trade deal with China is ’in the bank’
Navarro also hinted at future trade deals with the post-Brexit United Kingdom, other European countries and Vietnam.
Eurasian Economic Union to hold preferential trade agreement talks with India
Moscow has made a decision to hold talks with Delhi on a preferential trade agreement (PTA) with between the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) bloc and India.
Post RCEP walk out, Centre to focus more on bilateral trade agreements in 2020
Despite the country now having backed out of the mega trade deal, its renewed interest on its other trade pacts, several of which have failed to deliver the results expected, has set the tone for its focus in the coming year.
Korea in FTA talks with Asian, South American powerhouses
South Korea has secured 16 free trade partners — 12 countries and four trade blocs — around the globe since it started pursuing bilateral free trade agreements two decades ago.
Moon, Li agree to facilitate follow-up FTA talks on service, investment sectors
The leaders of South Korea and China to expedite talks on supplementing a bilateral free trade agreement, Cheong Wa Dae said.
Cabinet lines up FTAs with Bangladesh, Turkey
Thailand and Bangladesh will kick off talks to establish a free trade agreement. The Thai cabinet has also approved a proposal to sign an FTA with Turkey.
Phase two of US-China trade deal will be more challenging and less transparent than phase one
The hard part of the trade dispute will cover long-standing issues relating to intellectual property violations and forced technology transfer by China, as well as subsidization of Chinese industries.
The European Commission is urging Canada to adopt stricter piracy rules
Canada’s intellectual protection rights system was also slammed for being too clement.