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Mom, mom! Make China stopppp! US govt gripes about Beijing's internet censorship to WTO

The United States government is attempting to limit extraordinary online censorship efforts by China, complaining to the World Trade Organization that such measures will damage global trade. The Chinese government passed a new cyber security law in November 2016 that took effect this June, which the authorities have been …
Kieren McCarthy, 26 Sep 2017

WTO cuts tariffs on $1tn worth of 'IT' gizmos

Wealth is now available to all in IT, following the World Trade Organisation's members agreeing to update the Information Technology Agreement, cutting tariffs on $1tn worth of IT products. Finalised on Friday, the members of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) have agreed that tariffs ought to be cut on IT products, from new …
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China's rare earth supply crimp plan ruled to be illegal

The World Trade Organisation (WTO) has ruled in favour of the EU, US and Japan in their dispute against what they described as China’s unfair rare earth export rules. The WTO agreed to begin the investigation back in 2012 after complaints from the three that China was trying to push up prices and restrict exports by imposing …
Phil Muncaster, 28 Mar 2014
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World Trade Organisation chief warns global deals are ABOUT TO TANK

The World Trade Organisation head Roberto Azevedo has warned that the first potential global deal in over 10 years – which deals with issues like tariffs on goods, food security and faster global trade – hangs in the balance after talks in Geneva. Azevedo said that negotiations had been held up in sight of the finishing line …
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Beijing hits back at US: Don't you DARE blame China for collapse of duty-free IT talks

Chinese commerce minister Gao Hucheng has said it was "irresponsible" of the US to stop trade talks on abolishing tariffs on tech products and to blame China for the breakdown in negotiations. Both the US and the EU said at the end of last week that China's insistence on exempting more than a hundred products from the list of …

China softens duty-free stance to revive global IT trade talks

Global trade talks aimed at removing tariffs on a swathe of technology products are set to restart within weeks after China finally agreed to reverse a hardline decision which threatened to derail the ambitious plans. The World Trade Organisation talks aim to update the 1996 Information Technology Agreement (ITA) by adding an …

China stalls WTO trade talks on tariff-free IT goods

Chinese negotiators have come in for heavy criticism after global trade talks aimed at removing tariffs on a range of technology products broke down because Beijing wanted to exempt nearly half of them from the discussion. The World Trade Organisation (WTO) Information Technology Agreement (ITA) was originally signed in 1996 …
Phil Muncaster, 18 Jul 2013

China's largest rare earth supplier halts production

China’s stranglehold on the world’s rare earth supply appears to be relaxing, with its largest producer of light rare earths forced to halt some of its operations for a month in an attempt to stop prices slipping further. The Inner Mongolia Baotou Steel Rare Earth Hi-Tech Company is suspending its smelting and separation …
Phil Muncaster, 26 Oct 2012
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WTO to probe China rare earth stranglehold claims

The World Trade Organisation has finally agreed to investigate claims by the US, EU and Japan that China is unfairly strangling rare earth exports in order to favour its domestic manufacturing industry. The three complained back in March that China was pushing up prices and restricting exports of the minerals – which are …
Phil Muncaster, 25 Jul 2012
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China goes green with rare earth plea

China played the green card yesterday in an apparent bid to settle the on-going dispute over its throttling of rare earth exports, offering foreign firms the chance to co-develop the industry there in a more environmentally-friendly manner. The People’s Republic has maintained for some time that its decision to limit the …
Phil Muncaster, 26 Apr 2012
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China sets up association to handle rare earth disputes

The Chinese government has set up a new association for companies in the rare earth industry which will be tasked with promoting development and handling international trade disputes in the increasingly fractious sector. State-run Xinhua reported on Sunday that the body will feature 155 members including heavy weights such as …
Phil Muncaster, 10 Apr 2012
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ACTA draft falls from skies

The EU has published a final draft of the international counterfeiting treaty on behalf of the WTO. The process has been underway since 2007, and this version will become final, pending legal review. It's principally aimed at commercial pirates and traders who counterfeit fashion goods and DVDs on an industrial scale - a …
Andrew Orlowski, 16 Nov 2010
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ACTA restricts developing economies, India tells WTO

A secret trade agreement designed to harmonise some countries' intellectual property laws could destabilise existing international agreements and harm the economic prospects of developing countries, India has said. The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) is a secret IP treaty being negotiated by the US, Japan, the …
OUT-LAW.COM, 15 Jun 2010

WTO could be used to abolish censorship say researchers

The World Trade Organisation has raised the delicious possibility of using its regulations to smite companies that censor their citizens' access to the internet - before admitting that this approach is unlikely to get very far. A paper produced by the European Centre for International Political Economy observes that the …
Joe Fay, 9 Nov 2009
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Paytard pirates press pause

Zookz - the bizarre Freetard-Paytard hybrid download service registered in Antigua - has stopped serving up music and movies and has refunded its customers. Zookz was offering movies and songs, and, like The Pirate Bay, did so without the rights holders' permission and without paying the creators. It still wanted money for …
Andrew Orlowski, 23 Jul 2009
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The new (MP3) Pirates of the Caribbean

Antigua, once rife with traditional high seas piracy, has given birth to a pirate download service. Only this is one you pay for. Zookz claims to host 1,500 movies and 50,000 tracks for subscribers who trust it with $9.99 a month. Creators won't see a penny, however, because of an unusual exemption claimed by the island. …
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WTO backs US in Chinese piracy dispute

The World Trade Organization has said that China should change its copyright and anti-counterfeit laws to provide better legal protection to foreign products, based on trade complaints filed by the US government. A WTO panel of judges ruled today that China's intellectual property laws don't meet some of the obligations …
Austin Modine, 26 Jan 2009

US protests to WTO over EU 'IT' tariffs

The US and Japan today filed complaints with the World Trade Organization over European Union tariffs on imported flat-screen monitors, some TV set-top boxes, and printers able to scan, fax and copy. The Office of US Trade Representative Susan Schwab said the United States has requested the World Trade Organization help …
Austin Modine, 28 May 2008

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