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he World Trade Organization (WTO) is an international organization designed by its founders to supervise and liberalize international trade. The organization officially commenced on January 1, 1995 under the Marrakech Agreement, replacing the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT), which commenced in 1947.

The World Trade Organization deals with regulation of trade between participating countries; it provides a framework for negotiating and formalising trade agreements, and a dispute resolution process aimed at enforcing participants' adherence to WTO agreements which are signed by representatives of member governments and ratified by their parliaments. Most of the issues that the WTO focuses on derive from previous trade negotiations, especially from the Uruguay Round (1986-1994). Read More

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Ukraine Crisis
Russian President Putin Asks EU To Show “Common Sense” Even As Ukraine Gov't Forces Run Away From Rebel Dominated Positions

By IBTimes AU

The EU leadership needs to engage Russia as Ukraine stands weakened and isolated (Sep 02)

MORE TOPICS: EUROPEAN UNION, RUSSIA, UKRAINE

China Mulls Increasing Export Taxes of Precious Rare Earths

By IBTimes AU

Two months after a WTO ruling said that had China violated international trade rules regarding its imposed measures on rare earths exports, the country plans to increase the export taxes of its precious metals and minerals this year, 2014. (May 23)

MORE TOPICS: CHINA, RARE EARTH

Tony Abbott’s Daughter Smokes in Public, So Much for Australia’s Stiff Tobacco Policy

By IBTimes AU

Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s Daughter Frances smokes in public, tainting Australia’s strict tobacco policy (May 09)

MORE TOPICS: AUSTRALIA, ADVERTISING, CUBA, TONY ABBOTT, LAWSUIT

Rare earths
China Violated Global Trade Rules on Rare Earths Exports – WTO

By IBTimes AU

The World Trade Organization has ruled on a case lodged against China, saying the latter's restrictions of its rare earths exports violated global trade rules. (Mar 27)

MORE TOPICS: CHINA, EUROPEAN UNION, JAPAN, RARE EARTH

India's trade minister Anand Sharma
India Hardens Stance Against U.S. Protectionism Ahead of Visits

By Reuters

Trade minister Anand Sharma on Tuesday accused the United States of excessive trade protectionism, launching a broadside that coincided with the visit of a top U.S. official to patch up a stormy bilateral friendship. (Mar 05)

MORE TOPICS: CHINA, GOLD, INDIA, NEW YORK, INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY, EMERGING MARKETS

U.S. State Dept Official to Make Delayed Trip to India Next Week
U.S. State Dept Official to Make Delayed Trip to India Next Week

By Reuters

A senior official of the U.S. State Department will travel to India next week, a visit originally scheduled for January that was postponed due to a dispute over the arrest of Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade in New York. (Mar 01)

MORE TOPICS: HUMAN RIGHTS, COURT, INDIA, NEW YORK, SUPREME COURT

Fishermen sit in a trawler navigating past containers stalked on a ship at a port in Vallarpadam in Kochi
India to Block US Trade Probes, Ready for Fight at WTO

By Reuters

India has decided to block investigations by the United States into its trade policies and patent laws, and prepare for a battle at the World Trade Organization (WTO), a move that could escalate already-strained tension between the two countries. (Feb 25)

MORE TOPICS: ELECTIONS, INDIA, NEW YORK, INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

solar panel
India Warns U.S. about Dumping Investigation in Solar Trade Spat

By Reuters

India said on Tuesday it was investigating U.S. policies supporting solar panel makers, the latest move in an escalating row over renewable energy that has worsened already strained ties between the two countries. (Feb 12)

MORE TOPICS: CHINA, GERMANY, ELECTIONS, INDIA, NEW YORK, INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

US Set for Trade Enforcement Action Linked to India
U.S. Launches New Trade Action Against India

By Reuters

The United States on Monday said it would take India to the World Trade Organization to gain a bigger foothold for U.S. manufacturers in its fast-growing solar products market, adding another irritant to an already strained relationship. (Feb 11)

MORE TOPICS: INDIA, NEW YORK, INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY, RENEWABLE ENERGY

Big Pharma Pushes for U.S. Action Against India on Drugs

By Reuters

Global pharmaceutical firms are pressuring the United States to act against India to stop more local companies producing up to a dozen new varieties of cheap generic drugs still on-patent, sources with direct knowledge of the matter said. (Feb 07)

MORE TOPICS: CHINA, PAKISTAN, PFIZER, ARGENTINA, THAILAND, RUSSIA