Monthly Archives: March 2014

Would ECFA benefit Taiwan or not?

In 2010, China joined the ASEAN, which stands for Association of Southeast Asian Nations. Besides, Chile, New Zealand, Pakistan,Peru and Norway has signed a FTA with each other. South Korea, Austria, and India were trying to come to an agreement … Continue reading

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Trade Can Be an Effective Political Tool

By Wensi Fang While courses about Trade Policy emphasize of how trade can benefit countries and how trade policy is created based on economic rational, the recent news taught us a lesson that trade policy can be influenced by politics … Continue reading

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My way or the highway

In the world of copyrights, trademarks and intellectual property rights (IPR), The Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) of 2005 is the legal cornerstone. TRIPS, also known as Annex 1C in WTO’s legal texts, sets the minimum standards for many forms … Continue reading

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Rare Earth: China Against the World?

By Ruizhao Chen Reuters’ reported that China has lost a dispute on Mar 26th at the World Trade Organization over limits on rare earth and metals exports, which brought the topic of international rare earth trade back on table after … Continue reading

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Tariff + Quota, Then What We Get?

By Jingyu Lu As well known, imposing either tariffs or quotas on imported goods is the conventional approach to set trade barriers and protect pertinent domestic industries. However, what if a country has a tariff and a quota on certain … Continue reading

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How an Export Tariff Works as Protection

Malaysia, the world’s second-largest palm oil producer, raised its tax on crude palm oil (CPO) exports from 5% to 5.5% in April due to the price spike in the world market. However, according to traditional trade theories, an increase in … Continue reading

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Chinese FDI into Africa—Good or Evil?

“In Africa, China is merely doing what the colonialists did. They want raw materials for their economic growth, just as the colonialists were going into Africa and taking the natural resources, leaving people poorer,” Jane Goodall, the longtime animal rights … Continue reading

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