Will an African candidate be China’s choice for WTO chief?

  • With the trade body brought to a standstill by the US-China trade row, much will depend on whether the nominee can break the deadlock, Chinese government adviser says
  • Beijing will also be looking at each contender’s stand on national security exemptions, analyst says

Beijing is likely to favour an African candidate for the top job at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) as US-China trade tensions drive the body into dysfunction, according to an adviser to the Chinese government and observers.

China remains in World Trade Organization, despite Trump’s vow for removal

The legal structure of the World Trade Organization has prevented President Donald Trump from fulfilling his promise to kick China out of the trade body, but his administration has taken aim at the organization in other ways. 

On the campaign trail in 2016, Trump pledged to reverse "China's entry into the World Trade Organization," which he called one of the "worst legacies of the Clinton years."

India-China standoff: What cards does India hold to play?

It would be an apocalyptic irony if the hand-to-hand brawl on June 15 near the poorly delineated Line of Actual Control in the Galwan Valley between Ladakh and Aksai Chin mushroomed to war between the world’s two most populous declared nuclear nations. By all credible accounts, with medieval nail-studded rods, China has again challenged India’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. For the first time in 45 years, death ensued, of 20 Indian soldiers, including the Commander, Colonel Bikkumalla Santosh Babu.

India-China standoff: PM Modi should use JFK’s Cuban Crisis playbook

This is the second article in a two-part series on India’s strategic options vis-à-vis China. Read the first here. 

India must deal with the lethal drama on June 15 at the Line of Actual Control. But India cannot alter Chinese behaviour solely through private boycotts and government quarantines. India needs to couple those economic measures with diplomatic action.

Here are the diplomatic choices: 

50 Kansans You Should Know: Class of 2020

The 50 individuals you’ll meet in the following pages bring to an even 500 the number of Sunflower State residents from all walks of life who have been singled out for their over-sized contributions to business success, civic engagement, philanthropic zeal and shared interest in moving their communities forward, and by extension, advancing the interests of an entire state. As in years past, they are a patchwork quilt of life in Kansas.

Are the U.S. and China in a 'Cold War' or not?

On May 20, 2020, the White House issued what history may record as one of the most important foreign policy and defence reports since 9/11: The United States Strategic Approach to the People’s Republic of China. Nowhere across its 16 pages is the term ‘Cold War’ mentioned. Rather, “strategic competition” is the buzz phrase repeated four times. There are two oblique references to India. The Chinese Communist Party is mentioned 36 times.

Legal aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic

Governments around the world are imposing new rules and restrictions to prevent the spread of COVID-19, from stay-at-home orders to mandatory wearing of face masks. In South Korea, a 27-year-old man has received a prison sentence for breaking self-quarantine rules. Lawsuits related to COVID-19 are piling up, with countries and private entities suing China over its handling of the outbreak.

With "Warp Speed" towards vaccine

The coronavirus can only be defeated with a vaccine. Hundreds of research teams worldwide are working on the serum. A German project also has hopes in the race.

On January, when Corona was just a beer for most of us, the Mainz researcher Ugur Sahin knew that something was coming up. And: We can help you get it under control. He had just read a study from China that described exactly how a Shenzhen family went to Wuhan and got infected there, one by one. The doctor from Mainz immediately downloaded the genome sequence of the virus from the Internet.

KU Trade expert: WTO Director-General pick gives look at group's future

HUTCHINSON, Kan. — World Trade Organization Director-General Roberto Azevêdo announced Thursday his resignation, surprising the international trade community and adding to uncertainty caused by the global coronavirus pandemic. A University of Kansas trade expert sees the resignation as an important turning point in the potential future of the WTO.


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