Category Archives: International Trade

WTO Chokes China’s Chicken (Import Duties)

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The post title, lame as it is, represents the sum total of all levity I can bring to this topic. This issue is about as dry and tasteless as . . . well, you can see where I’m going with this. Let’s get the facts out here as quickly as possible, then I just have…

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Whacking the Windmill: Sinovel Indicted, Next Stop U.S. Federal Court

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If you’re an environmentalist and into renewable energy, you might want to sit out this discussion about IP theft allegedly perpetrated by China’s wind turbine behemoth Sinovel. This story hits on some familiar themes, including misappropriation of U.S. IP by a Chinese company, tough competition in the clean energy sector, and even our old friend…

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Clearing the China Air: Technology and Protectionism

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My posts have been few and far between these days for a variety of reasons (other commitments, paucity of real news, smog-induced crushing depression), but today’s weather requires some words in response, and thinking about smog has led me back to familiar themes about technology transfer, local protection and industrial policy. If you’re picking up…

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What Did We Learn From the Aokang Anti-dumping Verdict? Not so Much.

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Last week, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) handed down a verdict in favor of Aokang Shoes, a Chinese company from Wenzhou that had been pursuing the anti-dumping case in the EU for the past six years. As you can see from the ruling, this is insanely technical legal jargon, and not something you want…

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China Files WTO Complaint Against EU Over Solar Subsidies

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Given China’s own problems with solar panels and state subsidies, this is somewhat amusing. However, that doesn’t mean they don’t have a good case. China filed a complaint to the World Trade Organization on Monday charging the European Union with violating rules governing subsidies to its solar-components industry, in the latest move in a global…

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Motorola China Staff Protest Layoffs, Trade Critics Confused

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Cutbacks in staff will reach 700 in the Beijing based company, said a software engineer of the company, adding that the company noticed [sic] the employees to sign the termination agreement within one day, and some pregnant staffs [sic #2] were seen on the list of the layoffs. It is said that employees who lost…

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Why Are We Still Talking About China’s Rare Earth Export Quotas?

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China’s big media push justifying its rare earth export limits is a few days old, but I wanted to briefly revisit it to recommend Jack Perkowski’s Forbes column on the subject: The timing of the WTO action by the U.S., the EU, Japan and Canada is curious, though, because it appears that market forces are…

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China Goes on Offensive on Rare Earths Dispute

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China already lost one case at the WTO on raw materials export limitations, which it attempted to defend based on environmental concerns. The big question hanging out there since that decision was made concerned the application of that legal reasoning to similar limitations on rare earths. Huge issue for certain industries, such as the tech…

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The Latest U.S.-China Trade Dispute: Solar Panels

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The Obama administration will impose hefty tariffs on Chinese solar imports after determining Thursday that the country is flooding the market with underpriced panels. The Commerce Department, in a preliminary determination, ordered U.S. Customs and Border Protection to impose tariffs of between 31 and 250 percent on solar imports from various Chinese companies. (The Hill) This…

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