Friday, March 31, 2006
The US and the EU yesterday brought a formal complaint against China before the WTO, thus starting a 60-day consultation period at the end of which they can ask for formal dispute resolution proceedings before a WTO panel.
According to a report in the Financial Times,
The case aims at regulations intended to encourage Chinese carmakers to use domestic rather than imported car parts. The US and EU claim China is imposing unfair “local content’’ rules through a complex tariff system that raises the import tariffs from 10 per cent to 25 per cent if foreign parts make up more than a certain proportion of a car.
Wednesday, March 29, 2006
The United Nations High Commission for Human Rights is seeking a program officer for China-related matters at its office in Geneva. The duration is stated as "initially one year," as they need a replacement for staff on special leave.
The application deadline is April 18, 2006. Here's the announcement: Download UNHCHR.pdf
Tuesday, March 28, 2006
Here's an interesting-looking position at the USTR: Chief Counsel for China Trade Enforcement. For the full announcement, click here. Note that the closing date is April 7th. The announcement was issued only on March 24th; it beats me how our government expects to get the best people available when it provides such a narrow window for learning about, and applying for, these jobs.
Monday, March 27, 2006
Here's an update on the Zhou Yezhong plagiarism case, about which I previously blogged. The party alleging his work was plagiarized, Wang Tiancheng (王天成), brought suit (I don't know exactly what the legal claim is), and on March 15th his case was formally accepted for hearing (受理) by the Beijing No. 2 Intermediate Level People's Court. The first hearing is scheduled for May 10th.