Is China’s Maritime Silk Road A Military Strategy?

Anthony Kleven, The Diplomat 8 Dec 2015 Did Xi Jinping just acknowledge that the Maritime Silk Road has, in fact, a strong military dimension? That seems to be the case, following a joint declaration made with his Djibouti counterpart, Ismail Omar Guelleh (IOG), on the sidelines of the Forum on China Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) in…

New Farm Trade Proposals Reveal WTO Divide over Nairobi Ministerial

Bridges, ICTSD 26 November, 2015 A slate of new agriculture proposals has revealed that WTO members have significantly different priorities for the organisation’s ministerial conference in Nairobi, Kenya, which is scheduled to begin in just under three weeks. The G-33 group of developing countries, including Indonesia, China, and India, have submitted draft decisions on a…

India may not secure food security deal at WTO Nairobi meet

livemint, 30 November, 2015 D. Ravikanth Snapshot The G-33 farm coalition demands two deliverables at the Nairobi ministerial. Accordingly, G-33 submitted two proposals in prep meetings of WTO. The first proposal for amending the WTO’s Agreement on Agriculture by inserting a new article for the special safeguard mechanism (SSM) for agricultural commodities, to protect poor farmers from sudden…

Envoys cry foul as US seeks to protect its farm export credits

livemint, 2 November, 2015 D. Ravikanth Washington is accused of ‘hypocrisy’ after having denied such flexibility to India and others on food security proposals. The US has demanded ‘safe harbor’ protection for its controversial farm export credit programme from the disciplines underpinning the World Trade Organization’s agreement on subsidies and countervailing measures despite denying such…