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US BACKS OFF FROM DOHA MANDATE, SEEKS SIMILAR COMMITMENTS FROM INDIA, CHINA

Undermining the existing negotiations under the aegis of Doha round, Washington wants India and China to cut farm subsidies as a condition to undertake similar commitment. Further, it also wants India and China to give enhanced market access for five products: beef, pork, poultry products, wheat and corn.

The demand was made by the US trade envoy ambassador Michael Punke, in a closed door meeting by the chair of Doha agricultural negotiations ambassador John Adank, with a group of 10 select countries.

India rejected the US demand as New Delhi did not required to take any commitments in the Doha round in the amber box (producer subsidy) as it has not taken commitments under the Uruguay Round. On the other hand, US which has made previous commitments is required to reduce its trade distorting subsidies under the Doha mandate. However US, Europe and Canada are maintaining that Doha mandate is irrelevant due to changed conditions.

Earlier in January, Modi and Obama had come to an understanding to cooperate on the finalization of the Post-Bali Work Programme in the spirit of the Doha mandate. However, in wake of the sudden demand it needs to be seen whether India agrees.

 

The gLAWcal Team

Friday, 06 February 2014

(Source: Live Mint)

This news has been realized by gLAWcal—Global Law Initiatives for Sustainable Development in collaboration with the University Institute of European Studies (IUSE) in Turin, Italy and the University of Piemonte Orientale, Novara, Italy which are both beneficiaries of the European Union Research Executive Agency IRSES Project “Liberalism in Between Europe And China” (LIBEAC) coordinated by Aix-Marseille University (CEPERC). This work has been realized in the framework of Workpackages 4, coordinated by University Institute of European Studies (IUSE) in Turin, Italy.