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    US condemned over WTO obstruction



    European Union lawmakers and officials have condemned the United States for threatening the existence of the World Trade Organization's dispute settlement mechanism and vowed to do all they can to preserve a rules-based global trading system.

    Cecilia Malmstrom, the outgoing European trade commissioner, said the EU and countries elsewhere have led efforts in the past two years to resolve the impasse related to the Appellate Body, where WTO members appeal for dispute resolution.

    "This is not the dispute between the EU and the US. This is the dispute between the 163 members of the WTO and the US," she told members of European Parliament meeting in Strasbourg on Tuesday night for their plenary session.

    The US has blocked the appointments of new judges to the body. And if no new appointments were made by Dec 10, the Appellate Body will cease to function due to a lack of the minimum number of judges required.
    "Despite all these efforts, the Appellate Body very likely will come to a halt on the 11th of December. That's why we need to send this very clear message of determination," she said.

    "We will do what it takes to preserve a binding, independent, twostep system of dispute resolution in the WTO."

    Malmstrom said the EU will continue to support efforts that lead to a resolution over the appointments standoff, but it must prepare contingency measures if they remain blocked.

    The EU reached agreements with Norway in October and with Canada in July for an interim appeal system in case the Appellate Body ceases to function.

    Malmstrom stressed that it is not an alternative system that creates a "new normal" without the US. "It's an ad hoc solution with certain partners, hopefully leading to a plurilateral system that can work and to create some clarity and predictability for our companies," she said.

    "We hope this can only be temporary. We owe that to our companies and to our citizens, because they are the ones benefiting from the system."

    Christophe Hansen, a Luxembourg MEP from the European People's Party, said the EPP and other groups want to sound the alarm for the future of the international rules-based trading order.

    "When the US last Friday blocked the appointment of two new judges to the Appellate Body for the 29th consecutive time in two years, they brought us one step closer to the brink," he said.

    Hansen said all WTO members carry the responsibility to support the system that has allowed global rivals to compete with a single rule book to the benefit of all.

    Marie-Pierre Vedrenne, a French MEP from the Renew Europe group, accused the administration of US President Donald Trump of showing a desire to "bury the multilateral system".

    Swedish MEP Karin Karlsbro, also from the Renew Europe group, said the WTO was supposed to be a guarantor for international trade. "But right now the whole system is at risk from the ground up in line with President Trump's America First policy,... she said. "We need to stand by our principles."

    Ellie Chowns, a UK MEP from the Greens group, said the Greens want fair rules for the trading system and the rule of law - not the law of the jungle. "But the way forward to achieve the reform requires countries to work together - dialogue not confrontation," she said.

    Chowns described the US action as "not the action of a country engaging constructively to solve multilateral problems". "Frankly, it is the action of a country throwing its weight around," she said.

    "We cannot allow 11th of December to be the day that the US unilaterally tears up the rule book. That's in nobody's interest."

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    Baldy orange cunto - utter wanker.

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    Baldy orange cunto - utter wanker.
    That's why he has to be impeached - in order to no longer to harm the USA...

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    Quote Originally Posted by OhOh View Post
    "But right now the whole system is at risk from the ground up in line with President Trump's America First policy,... she said. "We need to stand by our principles."
    "our principles" uhm... what's that, America second?


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    Quote Originally Posted by bowie View Post
    "our principles" uhm... what's that, America second?

    How about America equal. Subject to and playing by the same rules as everyone else.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OhOh View Post
    dispute between the 163 members of the WTO and the US
    hmm... 163 to 1, overwhelming odds. Everybody loves an underdog, let's hear it for the little guy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cujo View Post
    How about America equal. Subject to and playing by the same rules as everyone else.

    You know it's not compulsory, right? And the US have basically got control of it?

    So if they're fucking it up, blame them.

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    An unexceptional country, lead by an unexceptional regime, losing "friends" by the hour.

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    ^Paradoxically, the utmost propagators of the "free market"...

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    the US have basically got control of it?
    As others allege, but if you have any links supporting that? This link suggests;

    "Consultation process

    1. In the final two months of the process, the General Council shall proceed, through a process of consultations, to narrow the field of candidates and ultimately to arrive at its choice for appointment.

    2. In arriving at its choice, the General Council shall aim to reach a decision by consensus.

    3. The Chair, with the assistance of the facilitators, shall consult all Members, including non-resident Members, in order to assess their preferences and the breadth of support for each candidate. The ultimate aim of the consultation process shall be to identify the candidate around whom consensus can be built. In order to do this, it may be necessary to conduct successive consultations to identify the candidate or candidates least likely to attract such a consensus.

    4. The outcome of the consultations shall be reported to the membership at each stage. It is understood that the candidate or candidates least likely to attract consensus shall withdraw. The number of candidates expected to withdraw at each stage shall be determined according to the initial number of candidates, and made known in advance. This process shall be repeated in successive stages on the basis of a revised slate of candidates each time, with the aim of establishing consensus around one candidate.

    5. At the end of the final stage of the consultative process, the Chair, with the support of the facilitators, shall submit the name of the candidate most likely to attract consensus and recommend his or her appointment by the General Council."

    but also this;

    "Recourse to voting as a last resort

    1. If, after having carried out all the procedures set out above, it has not been possible for the General Council to take a decision by consensus by the deadline provided for the appointment, Members should consider the possibility of recourse to a vote as a last resort by a procedure to be determined at that time. Recourse to a vote for the appointment of a Director-General shall be understood to be an exceptional departure from the customary practice of decision-making by consensus, and shall not establish any precedent for such recourse in respect of any future decisions in the WTO."

    https://www.wipo.int/edocs/mdocs/govbody/en/a_51/a_51_3.pdf



    According to this "2018 budget contribution by member's country" document, China, in the #1 position,



    contributed CHF 27,800,000 or 16.8% to the WTO budget.

    The also ran at #2,



    ameristan, contributed CHF 22,300,000 or 11.4% to the WTO budget.

    The only two counties to get into double figures % wise.

    https://www.wto.org/english/thewto_e...ribution_e.pdf

    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    So if they're fucking it up, blame them.
    It is for the WTO to manage not one individual country.

    Appellate Body Members

    "The Appellate Body is composed of seven Members who are appointed by the Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) to serve for four-year terms. Each person may be reappointed for another four-year term. Terms are staggered, ensuring that not all Members begin and complete their terms at the same time."

    Currently only three are available. Of which two must leave next month.

    " Members of the Appellate Body and their respective terms of office

    Click on the name of each current Appellate Body Member to obtain that Member’s biography.
    Nationality Term of Office
    Ujal Singh Bhatia India 11 December 2011 — 10 December 2015
    11 December 2015 — 10 December 2019
    Thomas R. Graham United States 11 December 2011 — 10 December 2015
    11 December 2015 — 10 December 2019
    Hong Zhao China 1 December 2016 — 30 November 2020""

    https://www.wto.org/english/tratop_e...s_descrp_e.htm
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    WTO rules say there should be seven judges on the Appellate Body, each appointed for four years, with the ability to renew for a second four-year term. Each appeal must be overseen by three judges. As the US has blocked approval for new judges to be appointed when the terms of existing judges have expired, there are now three vacant seats.



    The next judge whose term is set to expire – at the end of September – is the Mauritian judge, Shree Baboo Chekitan Servansing. So, from October 1, the body will have the bare minimum to continue functioning. But between now and December 2019, two other judges are due to step down – at which point the appeals process completely seizes up.


    In short, the US is very successfully holding the WTO’s critically important dispute settlement process to ransom.

    https://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/united-states/article/2162140/why-us-war-wto-greater-threat-global-trade-its

    The irony is that the US uses the WTO more than anyone else, and quite successfully. But as is usual, stupid baldy orange cunto thinks that throwing the baby out with the bathwater will somehow win his stupid fucking trade war.

    Quite the opposite: Things like the TPP are letting a large part of the world's markets boost their own trade without bothering to include the Merkins.

    He really is exceptionally thick.

    To quote the US Trade Representative, before the stupid orange turd got involved:

    "The United States is an original member of the WTO and a steadfast supporter of the rules-based multilateral trading system that it governs. Working through the WTO, the United States is able to protect and advance the economic interests of American businesses and workers while opening foreign markets. These actions protect and create jobs and support economic growth here at home. The United States is also a world leader in securing the reduction of trade barriers to expand global economic opportunity, to raise standards of living, and to reduce poverty. The WTO agreements also provide a foundation for U.S. bilateral and regional agreements, like those recently signed with Korea, Colombia and Panama."

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