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China to appeal WTO rare earth ruling

BEIJING (Reuters) - China said on Thursday it would appeal against a World Trade Organization (WTO) ruling that found it violated global trade rules with its export limits on rare earth minerals used in defense and technology products. China lost a WTO dispute in March, handing Europe and the United States a victory over what they see as China's unfair trade practices. "China will make the utmost efforts in the appeals process," Ministry of Commerce spokesman Shen Danyang told reporters at a monthly briefing.

China to appeal WTO rare earth ruling

China will appeal a ruling by the World Trade Organisation (WTO) that its export restrictions on rare earths and other resources broke international rules, the commerce ministry said on Thursday. The WTO's disputes settlement body decided last month that China's export duties and quotas, plus limits on who could trade in the rare earths tungsten and molybdenum -- which are key raw materials for hi-tech goods -- skewed global commerce against other nations.

Japan to cut tariffs on Australian chicken, pork

Japan will apply a tariff-quota system on such products as chicken and pork from Australia to allow set quantities of imports with low duty rates under a bilateral free trade deal, the Japanese farm ministry announced Thursday. Tokyo and Canberra reached a substantive free trade agreement on April 7 after seven years of negotiations, but the details had not been announced.

S. Korea's industrial parts and materials exports grow 2.1 pct in Q1

SEJONG, April 17 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's exports of industrial parts and materials increased from a year earlier in the three months ended March while its imports from Japan further dwindled to a record low, the government said Thursday. In the January-March period, outbound shipments of industrial parts and materials came to an estimated US$64.88 billion, up 2.1 percent from the same period last year, according to the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy. The amount accounts for 47 percent of the country's overall exports in the cited period.

Russia mulls lawsuit against U.S. in WTO over sanctions

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia is looking at the possibility of filing a lawsuit against the United States in the World Trade Organisation over sanctions hitting Russian banks, Economy Minister Alexei Ulyukayev said on Wednesday, according to Russian news agencies. St Petersburg-based Bank Rossiya was sanctioned alongside its chairman and largest shareholder Yuri Kovalchuk in March as part of punitive measures by Washington over Russia's annexation of Crimea.

Japan to set tariff-rate quota for Australian pork

Japan has agreed in its bilateral free trade deal with Australia to apply a tariff-rate quota system for Australian pork, under which set quantities would be imported with low duty rates, sources close to the matter said Thursday. Tokyo and Canberra reached a substantive agreement on a bilateral free trade accord on April 7 but details have yet to be officially announced. Japan currently levies a 4.3 percent tariff on Australian pork when import prices are lower than a standard that are set based on domestic transaction prices.

U.S. to allow Japan to retain tariffs on rice, wheat under TPP

The United States has agreed to allow Japan to retain tariffs on rice and wheat during bilateral talks related to wider Pacific free trade negotiations, Japanese government sources said Thursday. In return, Washington is demanding that Tokyo introduce a system to increase imports of U.S. rice and Japan has decided to accept, the sources said.

Japan, U.S. trade chiefs to resume TPP talks as Obama visit looms

With U.S. President Barack Obama's visit to Tokyo approaching, Japanese and U.S. trade chiefs are set to face off again in Washington, possibly on Wednesday, as they strive to break a deadlock in talks on a massive free trade zone in the Pacific region.

Japan, U.S. resume TPP tariffs talks to prepare for ministerial meet

Trade officials from Japan and the United States resumed talks Tuesday on the thorny issue of tariffs on agricultural produce in the prolonged Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade negotiations. The discussions are to prepare for bilateral ministerial negotiations on the U.S.-led TPP which a Japanese official said may start Wednesday in Washington in a last-ditch effort to make progress ahead of U.S. President Barack Obama's visit to Japan next week.

Cuba, Dominican Republic set up WTO fight over Australia tobacco law

Attempts by tobacco-producing nations to sink a landmark law in Australia requiring plain packaging for cigarettes and cigars gained pace Tuesday as Cuba and the Dominican Republic stepped up their fight at the World Trade Organization. The WTO said that its disputes settlement body would on April 25 hear formal requests from both countries for the establishment of a panel to assess whether the Australian legislation breaches the rules of global commerce.
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