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US 'pressure' tactic on WTO will fail: China state media

Bejing - A US threat to pull recognition of China's "developing nation" status at the World Trade Organisation is a pressure tactic ahead of this week's trade talks and is bound to fail, a commentary in state media said Monday.

Trump threatens not to recognize China's special status at WTO

Washington - President Donald Trump on Friday threatened to withdraw recognition of the special "developing nation" status of China and other relatively rich countries at the World Trade Organization unless changes are made to the body's rules.

Japan slams WTO ruling on S. Korea Fukushima food row

Apo - Japan Friday attacked an "extremely regrettable" ruling by the World Trade Organization that upheld a ban by South Korea on some seafood from Fukushima imposed after the 2011 nuclear disaster.

US, China within 'weeks' of concluding trade talks; deal not assured: official

Washington - Washington's top trade official on Tuesday said the United States and China are likely to conclude their trade negotiations within "weeks" -- but a successful outcome is not assured.

WTO talks launch in rare win for global order

Davos - Ministers from 75 countries -- including the US and China -- agreed Friday to launch talks towards establishing global rules on e-commerce at the WTO in a rare victory for international cooperation.

Venezuela launches WTO legal challenge against US sanctions

Geneva - Venezuela launched a legal challenge at the World Trade Organization Tuesday against a raft of US sanctions, even as Washington announced new measures targeting the crisis-hit country.

US and China spar at WTO policy forum

Geneva - The US and China renewed hostilities at the World Trade Organization on Wednesday, with Washington accusing Beijing of expecting impunity despite countless violations.

WTO chief warns of economic danger of trade war

Washington - All countries will lose in a global trade war, the head of the world's trade referee warned in a speech on Wednesday.

WTO to rule in more spats over US tariffs

Geneva - The World Trade Organization agreed Tuesday to hear complaints from Switzerland and India over US steel and aluminium tariffs, bringing the total number of such complaints it is reviewing to nine.

Soaring trade restrictions spark 'serious concern': WTO

Geneva - The world's biggest economies slapped import restrictions on nearly half a trillion dollars' worth of trade over the past six months, the World Trade Organization said Thursday, voicing "serious concern".

Trade ministers meet to discuss WTO overhaul

Ottawa - Thirteen trade ministers representing all regions of the world met in Ottawa on Thursday to come up with proposed reforms to the troubled global trading system.

Global trade wars risk 'millions of jobs': WTO chief

London - Escalating trade wars "pose real risks" to the global economy, potentially threatening millions of jobs, head of the World Trade Organization (WTO) Roberto Azevedo warned in a London speech on Wednesday.

Damage from tariffs not felt yet but 'will come': WTO chief

Geneva - Major consequences of the tit-for-tat tariffs being levied by top economies are not evident yet "but they will come" and will wreak havoc across the global economy, the World Trade Organization chief warned Wednesday.

WTO chief warns against escalation of trade tensions

Berlin - World Trade Organization chief Roberto Azevedo warned Monday against a damaging "escalation" of trade tensions between the United States and other major economies, following a divisive G7 summit.

Mexico to file WTO complaint over US tariffs: ministry

Mexico - Mexico said on Monday it will file a complaint with the World Trade Organization over US tariffs on its steel and aluminum.

Mexico to file WTO complaint over US tariffs: ministry

Mexico - Mexico said on Monday it will file a complaint with the World Trade Organization over US tariffs on its steel and aluminum.

Canada files WTO complaint over 'illegal' US steel tariffs

Ottawa - Canada filed a complaint at the World Trade Organization in response to "illegal" US tariffs on imports of Canadian steel and aluminum, Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said Friday.

Macron urges WTO 'reform' as US metal tariffs loom

Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron called Wednesday for talks on overhauling the World Trade Organization, as European companies braced for the prospect of punishing US tariffs on steel and aluminium imports.

India launches WTO challenge over US steel, aluminium tariffs

Geneva - India has opened a World Trade Organization challenge against the steel and aluminium tariffs imposed by the United States, a document circulated to WTO members on Wednesday said.

China, US in 'extraordinary' WTO clash

Geneva - China and the United States swapped accusations in an "extraordinary" exchange at the World Trade Organization on Tuesday ahead of fresh talks between the top two economies on averting a trade war.

Will the WTO survive Trump?

Geneva - An international organisation that Donald Trump demeans, undermines and then embraces when it suits his interests: probably sounds familiar within NATO, or the UN.Now it's time to add the World Trade Organization to the list.

US launches WTO challenge against China

Washington - The United States launched Friday a challenge at the World Trade Organization against China over intellectual property breaches, a statement said.

US proposes WTO reforms likely targeting China

Geneva - The United States has proposed World Trade Organization reforms that would punish members for violating basic rules, in what appears to be another move by Washington targeting China, according to documents seen by AFP Wednesday.

Tributes paid to Ireland's Sutherland after death

London - Tributes were paid Monday to Irish national Peter Sutherland after the WTO's first director general and former chairman of energy giant BP died at the weekend after a long illness.

Global trade meeting ends with a wimper

Buenos Aires - The World Trade Organization concluded a ministerial meeting Wednesday with nothing significant to boast -- a meager outcome for its first gathering in the Donald Trump era.

US says 'litigation-centered' WTO losing focus

Buenos Aires - The top US trade representative launched a broadside at the World Trade Organization on Monday, accusing it of losing its focus on trade negotiation and becoming a "litigation-centered" body.

WTO, under fire from US, meets in Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires - The World Trade Organization opened a conference Sunday under the cloud of US hostility to multilateral trade accords.The 164-member WTO is also wracked by disagreements over China and has been struggling to kickstart stalled trade talks.

Under-fire WTO meets in Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires - Under fire from the United States, wracked by disagreements over China and unable to kickstart stalled trade talks, the World Trade Organization meets under a cloud in Argentina from Sunday.

WTO chief says no 'indication' US will quit body under Trump

Geneva - The head of the World Trade Organization said Thursday he had had no indication the United States would move to leave the WTO under Donald Trump's administration.

Japan files complaint with WTO over S. Korea food import bans

Tokyo - Japan is challenging South Korea's import bans and increased restrictions on foods from Japan after the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster. On Thursday, the central government filed a formal complaint with the World Trade Organization.
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