Friday, November 17, 2006

Thais reject US call to negotiate shrimp case because a renegade Thai bureaucratic thinks she can make big face and 'win'

Meanwhile, Thais fight for every last red cent they can squeeze out of a relationship today, fuck the future. Why does the US coddle these asses? Didn't we just extend the General System of Trade Preferences to help our little monkey friends here? And now they take up shrimp duties straight to the WTO, despite a diplomatic overture to settle things quietly? Fuck them, and fuck Thailand. Bring the trade war. You are seeing the true Thai national character, which is like that of spoiled brat adolescent-- smug, selfish to their own detriment, credentialed but far from educated ruling class, self-important, irrational, myopic, unreliable, incapable of comprehending the concept of partnership.

US call to drop shrimp case rejected

Thailand has insisted that it will continue to pursue a complaint lodged with the World Trade Organisation (WTO) against the United States for employing unfair trade practices against Thai shrimp exporters, despite a US request to cancel the petition.

The complaint relates to a practice called zeroing, under which sales that could reduce or remove margins are not counted.

Chutima Bunyapraphasara, director-general of the Trade Negotiations Department, said Friday that Thailand was confident of winning the case. Although Washington has offered to review its zeroing calculation methods if the case is withdrawn, she said Thailand would follow the complaint through because the US practice clearly violates WTO regulations.

The Thai petition accuses the US of implementing dual trade protection measures against Thai shrimp since March this year through a continuous bond and an anti-dumping duty.

If Thailand succeeds in having zeroing removed the dumping duties on Thai shrimp entering the US would probably be heavily reduced or removed.

The WTO is considering setting up a panel with representatives from India, Mexico, Brazil, China, Chile and the European Union to review the case in January next year.

The Nation