Monthly Archives: November 2011

China, Multinationals and Presidential Politics – Any Chance for Constructive Change? Not Anytime Soon.

In the last few weeks there have been several significant developments in U.S. trade relations. The question is what are the implications of these developments for the presidential elections and formulating effective U.S. trade policy? The four trade developments are the following: … Continue reading

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National Security, Global Competitiveness, and Rules of the Road — The Right Balance at APEC & ASEAN — Promoting A Rules-Based Foreign Policy.

At the recent APEC and ASEAN trade meetings President Obama was concerned about balancing strategic and national security with global trade and competitiveness of U.S. firms. He also set a clearer tone for U.S. foreign policy, one promoting a rules-based system. This … Continue reading

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New Global Trade Push by U.S. — Any Impact on the Presidential Election?

There seems to be a renewed focus on global trade policy and particularly with nations across the Pacific by the United States. At the recent APEC meeting the U.S. forcefully backed the Trans-Pacific Partnership. President Obama has declared the 21st … Continue reading

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Russia’s Accession to the WTO Will be Exactly 10 Years After China’s — Good for Global Trade Relations?

The Russian Federation’s expected formal accession to the WTO this December will be  exactly ten years after China’s formal accession in December 2001. Will this be good for global trade relations? The history of China’s participation in the WTO’s dispute … Continue reading

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Chinese Trade and Investment — Obama Goes to Asia to Stimulate Jobs Here. Good Idea?

President Obama is about to travel to China and Asia to promote Asian nations as among our most important trading partners in the 21st century.  Hilary Clinton in the new issue of Foreign Policy makes this very clear. Hilary Clinton argues … Continue reading

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Trade, Mercantilism and Cybersecurity — Better U.S. Legislation & Cooperation?

It’s been reported recently by the National Office of Counterintelligence that agencies and companies from Russia and China are conducting economic espionage and stealing U.S. corporate secrets. We’ve heard this story before. Trade secrets, technology and intellectual property are being … Continue reading

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Limiting Extraterritoriality of U.S. Securities Law — Disincentive for Global Investors?

The Financial Times recently wrote glowingly of legal innovation. It claimed that lawyers were innovative because they were able to convince the Supreme Court last year to limit the application of federal fraud provisions in a case involving the purchase of a … Continue reading

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