Trade

Analysis Brief

Courting WTO Concerns

An urgent push to produce a global trade deal casts light on broader questions about the future of the World Trade Organization.

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The Vietnamese Boom

An economically thriving Vietnam is on the verge of becoming a World Trade Organization (WTO) member, but a holdup in U.S. Congress threatens to stall Hanoi’s accession bid.

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Zambia's Vote: The China Issue

Zambia’s elections have sparked a heated debate over the presence of Chinese-owned businesses in the country. Incumbent Levy Mwanawasa wins reelection, but opposition protests continue amid Michael Sata's demand for a recount.

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Trade in the Balance

With time running out, top officials are trying to revive the struggling Doha trade round, once touted as salvation for impoverished nations. But some experts say the attention of big powers, reflecting a growing mood of protectionism, has already shifted to smaller bilateral trade deals.

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U.S.-EU Clash of Agendas

President Bush's agenda in Vienna includes Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan and trade. But in a lingering sign of trouble in the decades-old partnership, European leaders, pushed by their electorates, say they'll bring up Guantanamo, Haditha, and U.S. renditions of terrorist suspects too.

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Trading Places

With a chill setting in on the Geneva-based world trade talks, the Bush administration has shifted into high gear on negotiating smaller free trade agreements. But there are mixed views on how much the new deals matter and what they are doing to the global trading system.

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Article

Pivot to a Trans-Atlantic Market

Authors: Charles A. Kupchan and Marta Dassù
New York Times

Yes, the United States is pivoting to Asia, one of the reasons for the tête-à-tête last week between Barack Obama and Xi Jinping. But behind the scenes, President Obama has actually been reorienting U.S. diplomacy toward Europe.

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Article

The Foreign Policy Consequences of Trade: China’s Commercial Relations with Africa and Latin America, 1992--2006

Authors: Sarah Kreps and Gustavo A. Flores-Macias
Journal of Politics

No strings attached? Even if not part of a purposeful plan on the part of China, its growing trade ties with countries in Africa and Latin America has important foreign policy consequences, according to Sarah Kreps and Gustavo A. Flores-Macias. The article shows that in the last two decades, the more these countries have traded with China, the more likely they were to align with it in international forums such as the UN.

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Article

China's Great Rebalancing Act

Authors: Nicholas Consonery, Evan A. Feigenbaum, Damien Ma, Michal Meidan, and Henry Hoyle
Eurasia Group

Nicholas Consonery, Evan A. Feigenbaum, Damien Ma, Michael Meidan, and Henry Hoyle argue that China's capital-intensive, export-oriented growth model is delivering diminishing returns and threatens to become a major political vulnerability for the government, and China's leaders must overcome political restraints to implement a comprehensive and ambitious rebalancing agenda.

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