Category: Free Trade

Free trade agreements are often ignored by business. So why has Australia signed a new one? – Analysis & Opinion – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Scott Morrison shakes hands at the East Asia Summit (EAS) in Bangkok, Thailand, November 4, 2019.

via Free trade agreements are often ignored by business. So why has Australia signed a new one? – Analysis & Opinion – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Former trade minister Andrew Robb takes swipe at Washington’s China policy

Correction Robb secured the ALP’s FTA’s he merely was a minister who signed on the dotted line. The ALP did the hard yards. (ODT)

Former trade minister Andrew Robb has attacked United States policy towards China, saying both sides of politics in Washington were obsessed with a “futile and counterproductive” effort to contain the rising Asian power.

Mr Robb, who has received a large salary as a consultant to Chinese firm Landbridge, launched the broadside against Australia’s major ally during a speech to the mining industry on Monday night.

The former minister, who secured several free trade agreements during his time in government, including that with Beijing, said both China and India were re-emerging as major players in Asia and would “share” power with the US over the course of this century.

via Former trade minister Andrew Robb takes swipe at Washington’s China policy

Trump Admin. Tries to Strong-Arm World into Halting Iranian Oil Imports by Nov. 4

Free Trade the American way (ODT)

Washington (AFP) – The United States warned Tuesday that countries around the world must stop buying Iranian oil before November 4 or face a renewed round of American economic sanctions.

via Trump Admin. Tries to Strong-Arm World into Halting Iranian Oil Imports by Nov. 4

As an attempt to make the US great again, this Donald Trump decision will backfire.

As an attempt to make the US great again, this Donald Trump decision will backfire.

Most of the steel the US imports comes from Canada, South Korea, Mexico, Brazil, Germany and Japan. China accounts for less than four per cent of total imports, Australia even less. And as an attempt to make the US great, it’ll backfire.

via As an attempt to make the US great again, this Donald Trump decision will backfire.

Report: Russian Elite Invested Nearly $100 Million In Trump Buildings, Records Show | The Huffington Post

At least 63 individuals with Russian ties have bought nearly $100 million worth of property.

Source: Report: Russian Elite Invested Nearly $100 Million In Trump Buildings, Records Show | The Huffington Post

Trump could end global trade and force choice between US and China, says economist | Business | The Guardian

Michael Every, an English economist based in Hong Kong, to tell conference world could be split into trading blocs based around currencies

Source: Trump could end global trade and force choice between US and China, says economist | Business | The Guardian

The election campaign’s other big lie: the Coalition hasn’t delivered ‘export agreements’

There’s no evidence that South Australia or any other state will “benefit enormously from the free trade agreements the Coalition has signed”, in large part because the Coalition has ensured there isn’t.

Source: The election campaign’s other big lie: the Coalition hasn’t delivered ‘export agreements’