Why isn’t the government being held to account on the China free trade deal?

Written by Greg Jericho If you want to see a government being held to account, you should plug your ears when you hear talk about the benefits of the China-Australia free trade agreement. Based on old, irrelevant modelling, the benefits of the agreement have been taken by too many in the media as given, rather than Read more about Why isn’t the government being held to account on the China free trade deal?[…]

Australia, China deepen ties with landmark free trade deal

Written by Matt Siegel (Reuters) – China and Australia on Monday sealed a landmark free trade agreement more than a decade in the making, significantly expanding ties between the world’s second largest economy and one of Washington’s closest allies in Asia. The deal, which Australia called the best ever between Beijing and a Western country, will open up Chinese markets to Australian farm Read more about Australia, China deepen ties with landmark free trade deal[…]

Obama says momentum building on ‘historic’ trans-Pacific trade deal

(Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama said on Monday he sees momentum building for a Washington-backed free trade agreement in the Asia-Pacific, after arriving in Beijing on the first leg of an eight-day Asia tour. U.S officials had ruled out a major announcement on the ambitious 12-country Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) in Beijing, where Obama will attend the Read more about Obama says momentum building on ‘historic’ trans-Pacific trade deal[…]

Emily O’Reilly seeks public opinion on EU trade deal

European Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly has opened a public consultation process on the EU-US trade deal negotiations, arguing that the process could have “a significant impact” on the lives of EU citizens. Ms O’Reilly yesterday opened a six-week consultation process, inviting members of the public and interested parties to register their views on the proposed trade Read more about Emily O’Reilly seeks public opinion on EU trade deal[…]

Apple ‘forced sweetheart tax deal with jobs threat’

Carl Levin, a powerful member of the US Senate, said yesterday that the tax rate levied on the computer giant was based on what it was prepared to accept. The comments came after the European Commission (EC) accused Ireland of striking a tax arrangement with Apple that was based on keeping jobs but gave the Read more about Apple ‘forced sweetheart tax deal with jobs threat’[…]

HP to buy cloud software startup Eucalyptus in rare acquisition

Hewlett-Packard plans to buy cloud software startup Eucalyptus Software, a rare acquisition for the company since its failed $11 billion purchase of Britain’s Autonomyin 2011. HP did not say how much it will pay for Eucalyptus, which provides open-source software for building private and hybrid clouds, or Internet-based computing services. A source familiar with the deal told Read more about HP to buy cloud software startup Eucalyptus in rare acquisition[…]

UK to sign nearly £2.4 billion in trade deals with China

(Reuters) Britain said on Friday that it was about to sign commercial deals with China worth more than 2.4 billion pounds, as Chancellor George Osborne prepared to meet China’s Vice Premier Ma Kai in London. Full details of the prospective transactions were not immediately available. But Britain’s finance ministry said they included a $1 billion joint venture Read more about UK to sign nearly £2.4 billion in trade deals with China[…]