May 6, 2015

Report: 'Legal firewall' shields Chinese firms from lawsuits

Chinese companies are shielding themselves from lawsuits in America, denying U.S. businesses and investors their day in court, a report from a federal watchdog says. The report published Tuesday by the U.S.-China Economic Security Commission says that Chinese companies operating in the U.S. have ...

Drones and dogs in guacamole-saving battle

Apr 29, 2015

Drones and dogs in guacamole-saving battle

by Tamara Lush

With the killers hiding in the trees, heat-sensing drones are launched into the air. When their whereabouts are narrowed, the dogs are sent in. When it comes to protecting the world’s supply of guacamole, no weapon can be spared. On subtropical farmland in South ...

No trade breakthrough likely during Abe's U.S. visit: White House

Apr 25, 2015

No trade breakthrough likely during Abe's U.S. visit: White House

The White House on Friday dashed hopes of a breakthrough on U.S.-Japan trade when President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe meet in Washington next week, further delaying a major 12-nation Pacific trade pact. “We’re not there yet,” said Caroline Atkinson, Obama’s deputy ...

Apr 21, 2015

U.S. business group in China urges more transparency, access

The American Chamber of Commerce in China called Tuesday for more government transparency and fairness as the confidence of U.S. companies in the country’s investment climate deteriorates. The chamber said in its annual white paper that its members wanted to see the government apply ...

Apr 20, 2015

Japan, U.S. trade chiefs continue TPP talks ahead of summit

Trade chiefs from Japan and the United States continued negotiations on Monday that could pave the way to conclude the proposed 12-country Pacific free trade deal, seeking to resolve outstanding issues before their leaders’ summit in about a week. The second day of negotiations ...

Obama warns TPP failure would let China write trade rules

Apr 18, 2015

Obama warns TPP failure would let China write trade rules

President Barack Obama, trying to sway skeptics on free trade among his supporters, said Friday that if the U.S. can’t come to terms on an accord being worked on with other Pacific nations, China will step in to fill the void. Asia has the ...

China's incredible shrinking factories

| Apr 17, 2015

China's incredible shrinking factories

by Alexandra Harney

Eight years ago, Pascal Lighting employed about 2,000 workers on a leafy campus in southern China. Today, the Taiwanese light manufacturer has winnowed its workforce to just 200 and leased most of its space to other companies: lamp workshops, a mobile phone-maker, a logistics ...

Apr 14, 2015

Japan won't cave in on TPP at summit, minister says

A Japan-U.S. summit planned for late April should not be seen as a deadline for reaching a bilateral deal seen as vital to concluding a 12-country Pacific free trade pact, economic and fiscal policy minister Akira Amari said Tuesday. Japan and the United States, ...