Trade policy is usually the eye-glazing preserve of policy wonks and public officials. Suddenly, however, it’s the epicentre of a debate that tells us much about the difficulties facing political parties…
There's an ever-increasing demand for more shipping routes and it's taking its toll on the planet.
A change in the scales isn’t likely to put a major dent in the growth in US exports to China.
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China's interventions to cheapen its currency relative to others will hurt US imports in the short term, but the country's surging "mainstream" will easily offset the impact.
Storm clouds are gathering in the Pacific.
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Disputes over intellectual property and car parts are emerging as last-minute hurdles as negotiators race to complete the Trans-Pacific Partnership ahead of elections.
Negotiators appear to be giving Japan’s rice farmers short shrift.
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Japanese negotiators in Maui appear to be bending to American pressure to accept more US rice imports. The flood of grain, local farmers say, will end their way of life.
Indonesia has long wanted to be able to meet rising national demand for beef through domestic production.
Restriction on import quotas is part of Indonesian government’s policy to reach beef self-sufficiency.
Trade among African countries is the lowest globally as barriers to the easy movement of goods across borders remain.
Sub-Saharan African countries have the lowest trade among themselves compared with other regions. This is why there has been a major focus on reducing red tape and other non-tariff trade barriers
Republicans and Democrats have a hard time agreeing on anything, but the issue of trade seems to defy party affiliation.
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The passage of fast-track trading authority represents a rare moment of bipartisan compromise. How did it happen?
The president offers a toast to Congress.
The fight over fast-track that pitted the president against his own party offers reasons for both pessimism and optimism in future trade deals.
The Export-Import Bank provides financing and other services to help foreign companies buy US products like Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner.
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The more than 80-year-old credit agency is set to expire at the end of the month if Congress does not act to keep the profitable bank alive.
Wait till Vladimir hears about this.
Neither Russia nor China like the EU, but they've each got their ways of dealing with its members.
Even if President Obama gets his fast-track trading authority, his Pacific trade legacy faces a long slog.
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The fierce debate in the US Congress that almost derailed the president's trade agenda is likely to replay itself in many of the 11 other capitals that are party to the deal.
US President Barack Obama speaks at the US-Africa leaders summit. The number of US programs and initiatives on the continent has grown exponentially.
Barack Obama's upcoming visit to Kenya is a clear sign American military and economic involvement in Africa will continue to rise amid growing Chinese influence.
Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping.
For sub-Saharan Africa to benefit fully from its growing economic ties with China both parties need to change their behaviour and attitude.
No Mr Juncker, you can’t persuade me.
Nigel Farage has argued that the EU is a millstone around Britain's neck when it comes to trade.
Foreign ministers Julie Bishop and Mohammad Zarif demonstrated a growing rapport between Australia and Iran in reaching agreement on some but not all fronts during her visit to Tehran.
Australia made progress on restoring trade and sharing intelligence on Islamic State in Iraq. Iran was less open to accepting the return of asylum seekers, which may prove a blessing in disguise.
Direct negotiations between top leaders may be the best and only way to get significant trade deals done, which requires fast-track authority.
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Australia is now the most China-dependent economy in the world – does this pose a problem for our future?
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Alarm call: election battle lines are becoming clearer.
When he delivers his autumn statement later today, George Osborne will inevitably highlight any good economic news he can. With a general election barely five months away he will ride the jeers of Labour…