IN DEFENSE OF NAFTA

In Defense of Nafta Taken from Bloomberg.net By The Editors The fate of America’s most important free-trade agreement this century has become caught in a debate over its most important free-trade agreement of the last century. When opponents of the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership say the…

CHINA AND MEXICO BEGIN GOOD TRADE RELATIONS

MEXICO CITY, Feb. 11 — The relationship between China and Mexico is at its bestmoment in history, Chinese Ambassador to Mexico Qiu Xiaoqi said Tuesday. In Latin America, Mexico is a major partner to China in the political and commercial fields,Qiu said in an interview with Xinhua On Feb. 14, 1972, the two countries established diplomatic ties with bilateral trade totalling13 million U.S. dollars that year, recalled Qiu, adding bilateral trade value reached 40billion dollars in 2013. At present, the strong bond between Chinese President Xi Jinping and Mexican PresidentEnrique Pena Nieto facilitates the development of bilateral cooperation in various fields,said the ambassador. “The two presidents signed a series of agreements and major deals to promote trade andinvestment between both sides.” The commercial area stands out in bilateral relations, said the Chinese ambassador, addinghe hopes other areas such as tourism would be promoted in the future. “Mexico is one of the most important tourist destinations for Chinese citizens. We nowneed to work together to remove some obstacles in procedures, creating moreopportunities in the processing of visas for travelers, which will benefit Mexico and China,”he said. China and Mexico signed a very important agreement in June 2013 to export to Chinatequila, which is a very typical and wonderful drink of Mexico, he said. Investments between China and Mexico will grow rapidly in the following years as bothcountries are working hard to establish a working group to promote investment andbilateral cooperation in such fields as energy, finance, infrastructure and natural resources. “I visited many states in order to promote Chinese investment in Mexico and Mexicaninvestment in China,” said Qiu. As the anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countriesis approaching, “we have to work harder to strengthen our relations and cooperation,” theambassador added. (Editor:DuMingming、Yan Meng)

OPERATION HOLIDAY HOAX CRANKS DOWN ON COUNTERFEIT PRODUCTS

WASHINGTON – The National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center) announced the kickoff of Operation Holiday Hoax, an effort to track down those who are selling counterfeit and pirated products this holiday season. The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI)…

CUSTOMS BROKER ARRESTED IN TEXTILE INBOND SCHEME

A customs broker orchestrated a scheme that brought at least $100 million worth of Chinese textiles, Indian cigarettes and other goods to the United States without paying more than $10 million in tariffs and other fees, according to a federal complaint unsealed Wednesday. Gerardo Chavez,…

MEXICO OPENS TRADE WITH CHINA

MEXICO CITY — Mexico this week made good on a trade deal with China – inked 10 years ago when China joined the World Trade Organization – by slashing tariffs on more than 200 Chinese goods. Mexico’s native shoe, textile, toy and other industries will…

U.S. food safety risks since 9/11: Pest explosion breaks out as anti-terror measures took priority

CBP CHECKING FOR PESTS IN IMPORTED GOODS THE ASSOCIATED PRESS DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER Monday, October 10, 2011 FRESNO, Calif. — Dozens of foreign insects and plant diseases slipped undetected into the United States in the years after 9/11, when authorities were so focused on…