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    Normal Trade Relations with Russia: We're Almost There

    On August 22, after almost 20 years of negotiations, Russia became the 156th member of World Trade Organization (WTO). Regrettably for the U.S., Russia has still not been granted permanent normal trade relations (PNTR) status, meaning that the U.S. cannot fully benefit from Russia’s new status in the WTO. As … More

    Debate on Trade: It Isn't Just About How Many Cases You Bring to the WTO

    Trade policy with China was again front and center in last night’s presidential debate, with President Obama defending his Administration’s trade policies. In particular, the President highlighted the number of cases his Administration has prosecuted at the World Trade Organization (WTO) as his signature trade achievement: [We] set up a … More

    President Obama: Wrong on Rhetoric, Wrong on Trade Policy

    Trade policy is once again in the spotlight with President Obama’s announcement this week of a new suit against China in the World Trade Organization (WTO). The President announced the action—which argues that China unfairly subsidizes parts of its automotive industry—during a speech on Monday in Ohio. In announcing the … More

    Chinese Auto Subsidies: Hypocrisy from the Obama Administration

    The Obama Administration recently filed a case with the World Trade Organization, alleging that China provided at least $1 billion in subsidies to Chinese carmakers from 2009 to 2011. On the same day, The Wall Street Journal reported that if the government sold its 26.5 percent stake in General Motors, … More

    Russia Trade and Human Rights: Still Time for Congress to Act

    Earlier this year, over protests from the country’s communist party, Russia agreed to join the World Trade Organization (WTO). Now Congress is considering legislation that essentially says, “We want U.S. companies to benefit from the concessions Russia made to join the WTO.” This would be accomplished by ending application of … More

    Time to Safeguard Ourselves from Rising Protectionism

    Last week, Pascal Lamy, chief of the World Trade Organization (WTO), gave a stark warning that rising protectionism is a serious threat to global economic recovery. Indeed, not too long ago, The Heritage Foundation’s Center for International Trade and Economics also counseled that “global trade freedom needs a boost.” We … More

    Russia and the World Trade Organization: Congress Should Not Sacrifice Human Rights

    Yesterday, the House Ways and Means Committee approved H.R. 6156, the Russia and Moldova Jackson-Vanik Repeal Act of 2012, by voice vote with only one “nay.” This is a step in the right direction, given that Russia will join the World Trade Organization (WTO) on August 22. The 1974 Jackson–Vanik … More

    Congressional Hearing Highlights the Need to Pass Magnitsky, PNTR to Russia

    Yesterday and today, the House Ways and Means Committee and Senate Finance Committee held hearings on Russia’s abysmal human rights record and its looming accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO). The Obama Administration wants Congress to provide permanent normal trade relations (PNTR) to Russia and scrap the 1974 Cold … More

    U.S.–Russia Trade and the Magnitsky Act

    Today, the House Foreign Affairs Committee unanimously approved the Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act (H.R. 4405), a measure designed to promote human rights in Russia. The committee’s vote has important implications for both human rights and international trade. In a few months, Russia will become a member of … More

    The Rare Earths Distraction

    The U.S., EU, and Japan are suing China in the World Trade Organization (WTO), calling Chinese export quotas on rare earth elements an illegal trade practice. The U.S. will most likely win. But the suit is peripheral to real issues and was brought because the U.S. is unable or unwilling … More