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CHINA and the United States yesterday brought disputes against each other at the World Trade Organisation.
PRESIDENTS Vladimir Putin and George Bush exchanged barbed remarks yesterday at the start of a summit, confirming that relations between Moscow and Washington are at their lowest point since the Cold War.
BRITAIN last night risked a diplomatic row with the United States after a minister accused Washington of hypocrisy for throwing up barriers to foreign trade.
A SOUTH Korean official yesterday apologised for anti-World Trade Organisation riots started by his countrymen in Hong Kong over the weekend - the territory's worst violence in decades.
REPRESENTATIVES of the Scotch Whisky Association have returned from the Hong Kong WTO meeting expressing "relief" over significant gains towards facilitating trade in Scotland's most valuable export.
SO THE 148 countries taking part in world trade talks in Hong Kong have agreed a modest package of market-opening steps, keeping alive the Doha Round of talks on free global commerce.
ANTI-globalisation protesters fought pitched battles with Hong Kong police yesterday outside a convention centre where world leaders held trade talks.
OVER 200 years ago, Adam Smith taught us that "consumption is the sole end and purpose of any production; and the interest of the producer ought to be attended to, only so far as it may be necessary for promoting that of the consumer".
DEVELOPING countries closed ranks yesterday to push their agenda at the World Trade Organisation talks, as the United States and the European Union exchanged accusations of intransigence - with time running out for a global deal that could lift millions out of poverty.
MINISTERS from around the world were focusing today on delivering trade support to developing nations as they met for World Trade Organisation talks in Hong Kong.
WHATEVER face-saving measures are taken, the meeting in Hong Kong this week to wrap up the current development round of world trade talks will almost surely fail the only test that matters: whether such an agreement promotes the poorest countries' development.
IT WOULD take a "miracle" for this week's world trade talks to reach a satisfactory conclusion, Alan Johnson, the trade secretary, said yesterday.
BOB Hope and Bing Crosby made a successful series of On The Road ... films. But they were funny. It's not so funny for humour-bypassed trade negotiators traipsing the world - Seattle, Geneva, Cancun, London, - in search of a free-trading world economy.
SCOTTISH farming could suffer more from the side-effects of any world trade agreement than from direct legislation, NFU Scotland claimed yesterday.
COMMONWEALTH leaders last night set a deadline for striking a deal on world trade by the end of next year.
A GROUP of key trade negotiators will meet in Geneva next month in an attempt to break the deadlock in World Trade Organisation talks.
DEVELOPED countries must cut their highest farm tariffs by 75 per cent if the world's poorest nations are to benefit from a World Trade Organisation attempt to liberalise agricultural trade, experts at the World Bank said yesterday.