COVID-19 cases near million as U.S. records death of six-week-old baby

World Apr 2, 2020

COVID-19 cases near million as U.S. records death of six-week-old baby

A six-week-old baby died of COVID-19 on Wednesday, as global agencies warned of food shortages and infections around the world neared one million. Governments expanded lockdowns to affect about half of the planet, with funeral parties banned in the Democratic Republic of Congo, New York ...

World faces food crisis in wake of coronavirus, say U.N. and WTO

World Apr 1, 2020

World faces food crisis in wake of coronavirus, say U.N. and WTO

The heads of three global agencies warned Wednesday of the risk of a worldwide "food shortage" if authorities fail to manage the ongoing coronavirus crisis properly. Many governments around the world have put their populations on lockdown causing severe slow-downs in international trade and food ...

Japan, U.S., EU propose new WTO subsidy rules

Business Jan 15, 2020

Japan, U.S., EU propose new WTO subsidy rules

Japan, the United States and the European Union on Tuesday proposed expanding a ban on market-distorting subsidies under World Trade Organization rules, a measure apparently targeted at China. The three economies hope to win support for the proposal from a wide range of WTO members ...

Japanese and U.S. trade chiefs discuss WTO reform

Business Jan 14, 2020

Japanese and U.S. trade chiefs discuss WTO reform

Trade minister Hiroshi Kajiyama and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer exchanged views Monday on reforming the World Trade Organization, which has become largely dysfunctional due to a shortage of members in its appellate body. Meeting in Washington, the Japanese and U.S. trade chiefs also confirmed ...

France and U.S. set two-week target for digital tax deal

Business Jan 8, 2020

France and U.S. set two-week target for digital tax deal

Paris and Washington have set a two-week deadline to end a row over a French proposal to tax multinational tech giants, French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said Tuesday. President Donald Trump last month unveiled sky-high retaliatory duties on $2.4 billion of French products from ...

Ex-USTR official Wendy Cutler calls on Japan to lead WTO reform

Business Dec 28, 2019

Ex-USTR official Wendy Cutler calls on Japan to lead WTO reform

Wendy Cutler, who served as the acting deputy U.S. trade representative under President Barack Obama, called on Japan to lead the reform of the World Trade Organization in a recent interview. Cutler, currently vice president of the Asia Society Policy Institute, said the United States ...