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SUNS # 8638 Friday 9 March 2018

Trade : DG warns on trade wars, but silent on Trump denigration of WTO (PRIV)
(D. Ravi Kanth, Geneva)
The World Trade Organization (WTO) remained understandably concerned Wednesday about the United States President Donald Trump's proposed safeguard actions on steel and aluminum citing dubious national security considerations, but remained conspicuously silent over his remarks that the WTO is "a catastrophe" and "the World Trade Organization makes it impossible for us to do good business."

Trade : US under fire at General Council over proposed unilateral actions (PRIV)
(Kanaga Raja, Geneva)
The United States once again came under fire from many members of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), both developed and developing, over its announced intention to impose steep tariffs on imports of steel and aluminium purportedly on national security grounds.

Trade : The new CPTPP trade pact is much like the old TPP (PRIV)
(Martin Khor, Penang)
The new agreement that eleven countries are signing on 8 March in Chile in place of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) is like old wine in a new bottle - without the United States but retaining most of its controversial elements.

Trade : Feminist groups say "NO" to CPTPP signing on Women's Day (PRIV)
(Kanaga Raja, Geneva)
Over 50 feminists groups and allies from nine Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) countries have condemned the signing of the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) in Santiago, Chile on 8 March, the same day that International Women's Day is celebrated.

Opinion : Japan-led Pacific Rim countries desperate to embrace Trump (PRIV)
(IPS, Kuala Lumpur)
The grandiose sounding Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) will be signed in Santiago de Chile today, 8 March.

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