Category: 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)

Australia backs wrong horse as IP rights loom large in US-China trade war – Michael West

Australia backs wrong horse as IP rights loom large in US-China trade war

China regards intellectual property as just another factor of production and wants to lower its price to a minimum. By contrast, high-tech American firms often derive their profits by obtaining higher and higher prices for intellectual property.

US diplomatic cables leaked to Wikileaks in 2010 reveal the high priority American diplomats give to the surveillance and defence of intellectual property regimes around the world. Thousands of cables and millions of words are devoted to this subject.

Australia, as a net importer of intellectual property, has good reasons to side with the developing world, which has been calling for a “development agenda” that facilitates technology transfer as a key enabler of development. Instead, Australia sides with the “patent agenda” of the US, the EU and Japan even though it comes with a high price.

via Australia backs wrong horse as IP rights loom large in US-China trade war – Michael West

Donald Trump plans to hit China with tariff hike; Wall Street sinks amid trade fears – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

US President Donald Trump has sought to ratchet up pressure on China for trade concessions by proposing a higher 25 per cent tariff on $US200 billion worth of Chinese imports, his administration says.

US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said Mr Trump directed the increase — from a previously proposed 10 per cent duty — because China has refused to meet US demands and has imposed retaliatory tariffs on US goods.

US President Donald Trump points a finger straight ahead

via Donald Trump plans to hit China with tariff hike; Wall Street sinks amid trade fears – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

China vows retaliation for latest $200bn US tariff threat | News | Al Jazeera

The United States trade deficit in goods with China hit a record $375.2bn in 2017 [File: AP]

China and the United States face a wider trade war after Beijing vowed on Wednesday to retaliate over Washington’s threat to impose $200bn in additional tariffs on Chinese goods.

via China vows retaliation for latest $200bn US tariff threat | News | Al Jazeera

Is China Stealing a March on Trump in Pakistan amid New Trade War?

The influential Pakistani military is heavily dependent on the US for its equipment and arms, while Pakistan’s wobbly economy may soon need a loan from the US-led International Monetary Fund (IMF).

However Pakistan also owes China a lot of money, and in truth America and it have been drifting apart at least since the Obama administration. Therefore the growing quarrel between its two patrons puts Islamabad in a tricky geopolitical position. For all the advantages of being able to play each off against the other in the short term, Islamabad will be hoping it can avoid having to choose between them.

via Is China Stealing a March on Trump in Pakistan amid New Trade War?

Trump calls for Russia to be readmitted to G7, threatens allies on trade

 

US President Donald Trump will leave the G7 summit after one day, an unexpected schedule change that followed public trading of insults between Trump, French President Emmanuel Macron and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Trump is scheduled to meet with Macron and Trudeau on Friday, and then he will leave the G-7 summit early on Saturday, an unexpected schedule change that will pull him out of discussions on climate change.

Macron on Thursday said Trump was isolating the United States and suggested foreign leaders might simply wait until Trump’s time in the White House has concluded before re-engaging with the United States. Trump, meanwhile, said Trudeau was acting “indignant” and attacked the US’ northern neighbour in a series of Twitter posts, focusing in part on Canadian dairy policy.

via Trump calls for Russia to be readmitted to G7, threatens allies on trade

What’s the value of the Commonwealth? Nearly $4 trillion in untapped trade

The predicted boost in the value of trade depended on the 53 member countries of the Commonwealth signing up to a series of proposals to lower the cost of trading goods, particularly in African nations.

via What’s the value of the Commonwealth? Nearly $4 trillion in untapped trade

Move over Canada and EU, Australia is best placed to benefit in the US-China trade tug-of-war

Australia is one of the best placed countries in the world to reap the gains of the likely trade diversions. For example, Australian beef producers will be much more competitive in exporting to China as their American competitors have to grapple with the 25% tariff on their beef. On the other side, as China raises tariffs on soybeans, Australia could buy this product more cheaply from US farmers keen to find new distribution channels.

via Move over Canada and EU, Australia is best placed to benefit in the US-China trade tug-of-war