TTALK QUOTES From GBD – The Most Recent

From 2018

SENATOR GRASSLEY REFLECTS ON A CHINA TRIP.  At an April 11 hearing on Market Access in China, Senator Grassley of Iowa shared his impressions of China and Chinese commercial policy following his recent trip to China with four other senators.  This quote was published on April 17, 2018.

CHINA TRADE: PORK FEELS THE PINCH.  On April 2, 2018, China began its retaliation against America 232, national security, tariffs on imports of steel an aluminum from China.  U.S. pork products were hit with the highest retaliatory tariffs, 25 percent.  This quote was published on April 2, 2018.

POLITICAL TAXONOMY recounts a conversation from April 2015 between Yanis Varoufakis, then Finance Minister of Greece, and Larry Summers.  It was published on March 30, 2018.

THE KORUS ANNOUNCEMENT.  USTR Robert Lighthizer explains that the United States and the Republic of Korea have reached an agreements on amendments to the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement or KORUS.  This quote was published on March 29, 2018.

KANSAS AND ISDS.  Kansas Republican Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins is a strong supporter of NAFTA’s investor-state dispute settlement provisions.  U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer is not.  This exchange, taken from the Ways and Means Committee hearing on March 21, highlights their different perspectives.  This quote was published on March 27, 2018.

TRADE AND TRAVELING COMPANIONS.  Questioned about his then upcoming meetings in Washington, UK Secretary of State for International Trade, Liam Fox, declared that he did not need a babysitter from the EU.  This quote was published on March 19, 2018

A TRADE VISION FOR BREXIT.   In London, on March 2, Prime Minister Theresa May set out her guiding principles for the trade negotiations with the EU and her vision for a post-Brexit trading arrangement between the UK and the EU 27.

NAFTA: LANDE URGES EARLY ACTION.   In an article posted to the GBD website, Stephen Lande of Manchester Trade argues for an early conclusion to the NAFTA talks, before the campaigning in Mexico’s upcoming election complicates the process.   This was TTALK Quote No. 13 of 2018, published on March 7.

NAFTA: AFTER ROUND 7.   USTR Robert Lighthizer offers an assessment of the negotiations toward a new NAFTA agreement at the close of Round 7 of the talks, which was held in Mexico City.

NEW TARIFFS COMING.  At a White House meeting with executives from the steel and aluminum industries, President Trump announces his intention to impose new tariffs on imports of steel and aluminum under the national security provisions of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962.

BREXIT: Reactions to the Chequers Meeting.   On February 22, 2018. UK Prime Minister Theresa May met with her Brexit “war cabinet” at Chequers to  further hammer out the UK position on Brexit.  The following day brought reactions from Brussels, both Jean-Claude Juncker, the president of the EU Commission, and from Dopnald Tusk, the president of the European Council.

NAM ON TARIFF SUSPENSIONS.   In this entry,  published on February 22, Linda Dempsey of the National Association of Manufacturers talks about the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill making its way through Congress.   Ms. Dempsey is the NAM Vice President for International Economic Affairs.

A HONG KONG UPDATE FROM ANSON.  Mrs. Chan, an advocate for democracy and the rule of law and a former Chief Secretary of Hong Kong, talked about Hong Kong and the status of “one country, two systems” at an Asia Society event in New York on February 2, 2018.  This TTALK Quote draws heavily on that presentation.

WTO DEPUTY DG ALAN WOLFF ON THE WTO GOING FORWARD.  Speaking at a GBD event on February 9, AmbassNew Tariffs Comingador Wolff conveyed his optimism about the future of the WTO, and specifically its negotiating function.  This was the TTALK Quote for February 14.

AMBASSADOR O’SULLIVAN OF THE EU DISCUSSES DISPUTE SETTLEMENT.  Speaking at a recent Washington International Trade Association event, Ambassador David O’Sullivan of the European Union talked about the challenges now confronting the WTO dispute settlement system and the need to address them.  This was the TTALK Quote for February 2.

USTR ON CHINA AND THE WTO.  This was the TTALK Quote for January 30, 2018, with highlights from USTR’s  2017 Report to Congress on China’s WTO Compliance.

PRES. TRUMP AT THE WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM, the TTALK Quote for January 26, 2018, includes excerpts from President Trump’s speech in Davos on that day.

Jennifer Hillman on Dispute Settlement at the WTO takes you to the TTALK Quote for January 23, 2018.

Pablo Bentes on Dispute Settlement at the WTO takes you to the TTALK Quote No. 2 for 2018, published on January 19.

Terence Stewart on Dispute Settlement at the WTO was the TTALK Quote No. 1 for 2018, published on January 8.

From 2017

John Magnus on Dispute Settlement at the WTO was the last TTALK Quote for 2017.  Number 72 for that year, it was published on December 27.




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