A year of trade fights and new deals

Jan 3, 2020
2019 was the year the United States began tearing down the rules-based system for international trade in earnest.
China's Vice Premier Liu He, second from right, shakes hands with U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing in March during trade negotiations.
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Why China is cutting tariffs on everybody

Dec 23, 2019
It's thanks to something known as "most-favored-nation" status under international trade agreements.
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Few workarounds for a hamstrung WTO

Dec 12, 2019
The WTO’s ability to settle disputes could be damaged for some time.
A red pedestrian trafic light next to the headquarters of the World Trade Organization (WTO) on December 10, 2019 in Geneva.
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The U.S. hits Europe with a new round of tariffs

Oct 18, 2019
The US argues that Europe illegally subsidizes Airbus, and the WTO is backing its new tariffs. But Europe launched a similar complaint against Boeing.
Imported wine is about to become more expensive.
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EU gave illegal subsidies to Airbus, WTO rules

Oct 2, 2019
The organization has given the U.S. permission to impose tariffs on up to $7.5 billion worth of EU exports per year.
An Airbus A350-1000 is parked on the tarmac in front of the Airbus pavilion at Le Bourget in 2017 during the International Paris Air Show.
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WTO talks! See who's invited! (Not the U.S. or China)

Oct 24, 2018
With the trade feud between the U.S. and China looming, the main goal of the talks is reform.
A man is seen in silhouette leaving the World Trade Organization (WTO) headquaters on September 21, 2018 in Geneva.
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WTO talks! See who's invited! (Not the U.S. or China)

Oct 24, 2018
With the trade feud between the U.S. and China looming, the main goal of the talks is reform.
A man is seen in silhouette leaving the World Trade Organization (WTO) headquaters on September 21, 2018 in Geneva.
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The Trump administration is trying to "effectively kill" the WTO's Appellate Body

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Oct 18, 2018
The Trump administration has been blocking the appointment and reappointment of judges to the panel as members' terms expire.
The World Trade Organization headquarters in Geneva.
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The Trump administration is trying to "effectively kill" the WTO's Appellate Body

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Oct 18, 2018
The Trump administration has been blocking the appointment and reappointment of judges to the panel as members' terms expire.
The World Trade Organization headquarters in Geneva.
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Five things to know about the World Trade Organization

Jul 16, 2018
The U.S. and China have both brought new complaints to the WTO.
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