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WTO rules against U.S. in cotton case.

A World Trade Organization panel ruled on April 26 that U.S. cotton subsidies are in violation of the WTO's global trade rules. Brazil had brought the case to the WTO, claiming that U.S. subsidies had harmed Brazil's cotton industry by driving down world cotton prices. Other cotton-producing areas--Argentina, Australia, Canada, China, the European Union, India and Venezuela--joined Brazil as third parties in the case.

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Zoellick told a House Agriculture Committee hearing on farm trade issues on April 28, "We're going to fight for U.S. ag interests, whether it be litigation or negotiation." If the decision is upheld by the WTO in June, "you can be 100 percent sure we're going to appeal this and press this all the way," Zoellick said. Appeal "all the way" to where? Under the WTO system that the Clinton and Bush administrations have embraced, the WTO's "courts" are the last word. The Bush administration also vowed to fight the WTO's recent ruling against steel tariffs, only to cave in to the global bureaucrats shortly thereafter.
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Title Annotation:Insider Report
Publication:The New American
Article Type:Brief Article
Date:May 17, 2004
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