The USA has has commenced formal consultations – the first steps in another WTO complaint – in the WTO against the People’s Republic of China, alleging China is providing illegal protection for famous Chinese brands. From the fact sheet: China appears to be providing numerous WTO-illegal subsidies at multiple levels of government. These include providing exporters: • Cash grant rewards for exporting • Preferential loans • Research and development.. Read More
The Canadian and US governments carry short press releases on the latest (15 – 18 December) round of negotiations over the secretive ACTA. Australian (DFAT) homepage (not updated) here.