December 5, 2005

GROWN UPS:

Brazil and India surprise G-7 on trade (Graham Bowley, DECEMBER 4, 2005, International Herald Tribune)

Brazil and India have made a surprise offer of trade concessions to the world's leading industrial nations, but one that depends on those countries resolving their discord over agricultural subsidies, challenging the rich nations to find a solution. [...]

The offer from Brazil and India, which are spearheading the position of the developing countries, involves opening their markets further to industrial goods and services. But this proposal, they said, was conditional on the United States and the European Union further dismantling protection of their agricultural markets.

"Brazil is willing to make a further offer in the industrial tariff negotiations," the Brazilian government said in a statement to the G-7. But it added that this would "depend on further moves by the EU and U.S. on agriculture." India said it was "willing to undertake higher cuts provided developed countries can match or take higher cuts."

Nice to see them mature even as the French act childish.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 5, 2005 9:59 AM
Comments

The French can't give in, so now is the time to force the issue - either cut the payola, or lose the SC seat. Give them 48 hours to decide.

Posted by: jim hamlen at December 5, 2005 10:17 AM

At these big international family parties, Brazil and India are just tired of still being seated at the kids table. Old Uncle France, on the other hand, should be off inthe corner becase he needs someone to tie his bib and spoon feed him.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at December 5, 2005 12:24 PM
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