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Hosuk Lee-Makiyama
HOSUK LEE-MAKIYAMA is a Brussels-based economist, trade lawyer and foreign policy commentator. He has written on subjects primarily relating to international trade, digital economy, intellectual property, World Trade Organization
World Trade Organization
and EU-Asia relations, especially with China
China
, Japan
Japan
and Korea
Korea
. Lee-Makiyama has publicly supported EU's attempt to conclude bilateral free trade agreements with large trading blocs, and with economies in Asia . He is also renowned as an authority on electronic commerce, and was the first author to question the legality of internet censorship under WTO rules, and so far the only scholar to have argued the case in a Chinese academic journal. Lee-Makiyama was nominated by the readers of The Guardian
The Guardian
as 'one of the 20 most influential people in the open internet's history'
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The Guardian
THE GUARDIAN is a British daily newspaper, known from 1821 until 1959 as THE MANCHESTER GUARDIAN. Along with its sister papers The Observer and The Guardian Weekly , The Guardian
The Guardian
is part of the Guardian Media Group , owned by The Scott Trust Limited . The Trust was created in 1936 "to secure the financial and editorial independence of The Guardian in perpetuity and to safeguard the journalistic freedom and liberal values of The Guardian
The Guardian
free from commercial or political interference." The Scott Trust became a limited company in 2008, with a constitution to maintain the same protections for The Guardian. Profits are reinvested in journalism rather than to the benefit of an owner or shareholders. The paper's readership is generally on the mainstream left of British political opinion
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ECIPE
The EUROPEAN CENTRE FOR INTERNATIONAL POLITICAL ECONOMY (ECIPE) is an independent and non-profit policy research think tank dedicated to trade policy and other international economic policy issues of importance to Europe. It is based in Brussels and was founded in 2006 by economists Fredrik Erixon and Razeen Sally. CONTENTS * 1 Work * 2 Members * 3 References * 4 External links WORKIts research programme features research projects on the World Trade Organization (WTO), EU-Asia commercial relations, trade in health care, trade and development, and several other topical themes with a political economy flavour. ECIPE
ECIPE
has publications in various series of working papers, policy briefs and books. The think-tank organises conferences and seminars in Brussels and European capitals. It is a network-based organization with 10-15 affiliated scholars, many of them active advisors to various governments and international organisations
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European Union
The EUROPEAN UNION (EU) is a political and economic union of 28 member states that are located primarily in Europe
Europe
. It has an area of 4,475,757 km2 (1,728,099 sq mi), and an estimated population of over 510 million. The EU has developed an internal single market through a standardised system of laws that apply in all member states. EU policies aim to ensure the free movement of people, goods, services, and capital within the internal market, enact legislation in justice and home affairs, and maintain common policies on trade, agriculture , fisheries , and regional development . Within the Schengen Area , passport controls have been abolished. A monetary union was established in 1999 and came into full force in 2002, and is composed of 19 EU member states which use the euro currency
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Special
SPECIAL or SPECIALS may refer to: CONTENTS * 1 Music * 2 Film and television * 3 Other uses * 4 See also MUSIC * Special (album) , a 1992 album by Vesta Williams * "Special" (Garbage song) , 1998 * "Special" (Mew song) , 2005 * "Special" (Stephen Lynch song) , 2000 * The Specials
The Specials
, a British band * "Special", a song by Violent Femmes on The Blind Leading the Naked * "Special", a song on
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World Trade Organization
The WORLD TRADE ORGANIZATION (WTO) is an intergovernmental organization that regulates international trade . The WTO officially commenced on 1 January 1995 under the Marrakesh Agreement , signed by 123 nations on 15 April 1994, replacing the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT), which commenced in 1948. It is the largest international economic organization in the world. The WTO deals with regulation of trade between participating countries by providing a framework for negotiating trade agreements and a dispute resolution process aimed at enforcing participants' adherence to WTO agreements, which are signed by representatives of member governments :fol.9–10 and ratified by their parliaments. Most of the issues that the WTO focuses on derive from previous trade negotiations, especially from the Uruguay Round (1986–1994)
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WTO
The WORLD TRADE ORGANIZATION (WTO) is an intergovernmental organization that regulates international trade . The WTO officially commenced on 1 January 1995 under the Marrakesh Agreement , signed by 123 nations on 15 April 1994, replacing the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT), which commenced in 1948. It is the largest international economic organization in the world. The WTO deals with regulation of trade between participating countries by providing a framework for negotiating trade agreements and a dispute resolution process aimed at enforcing participants' adherence to WTO agreements, which are signed by representatives of member governments :fol.9–10 and ratified by their parliaments. Most of the issues that the WTO focuses on derive from previous trade negotiations, especially from the Uruguay Round (1986–1994)
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China
CHINA, officially the PEOPLE\'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA (PRC), is a unitary sovereign state in East Asia and the world\'s most populous country , with a population of over 1.381 billion . Covering approximately 9.6 million square kilometres (3.7 million square miles), it is the world's second-largest state by land area and third- or fourth-largest by total area . Governed by the Communist Party of China
China
, it exercises jurisdiction over 22 provinces , five autonomous regions , four direct-controlled municipalities (Beijing, Tianjin
Tianjin
, Shanghai
Shanghai
, and Chongqing
Chongqing
) and the Special Administrative Regions
Special Administrative Regions
Hong Kong and Macau
Macau
, also claiming sovereignty over Taiwan
Taiwan

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Free Trade Agreements
A FREE-TRADE AREA is the region encompassing a trade bloc whose member countries have signed a FREE-TRADE AGREEMENT (FTA). Such agreements involve cooperation between at least two countries to reduce trade barriers – import quotas and tariffs – and to increase trade of goods and services with each other. If people are also free to move between the countries, in addition to a free-trade agreement, it would also be considered an open border . It can be considered the second stage of economic integration . CONTENTS * 1 Description * 2 Lists of free-trade areas * 3 Qualifying for a free-trade agreement * 4 See also * 5 References * 6 External links DESCRIPTIONUnlike a customs union (the third stage of economic integration), members of a free trade area do not have a common external tariff , which means they have different quotas and customs taxes , as well as other policies with respect to non-members
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Japan
Coordinates : 35°N 136°E / 35°N 136°E / 35; 136 Japan 日本国 Nippon-koku Nihon-koku Flag Imperial Seal ANTHEM: * " Kimigayo " * 君が代 "His Imperial Majesty's Reign" GOVERNMENT SEAL OF JAPAN * * Go-Shichi no Kiri (五七桐) Area controlled by Japan
Japan
shown in green Capital and largest city
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Korea
KOREA is a historic country in East Asia , and since 1945 it has been divided into two distinct sovereign states : North Korea
North Korea
(officially the "Democratic People's Republic of Korea") and South Korea (officially the "Republic of Korea"). Located on the Korean Peninsula , Korea
Korea
is bordered by China
China
to the northwest and Russia
Russia
to the northeast. It is separated from Japan
Japan
to the east by the Korea
Korea
Strait and the East Sea . Korea
Korea
emerged as a singular political entity after centuries of conflict among the Three Kingdoms of Korea
Three Kingdoms of Korea
, which were unified as Later Silla
Later Silla</