*Feb trade balance- $23 bln, vs f'cast of+ $14.5 bln. BEIJING, March 8- China's exports unexpectedly tumbled in February, swinging the trade balance into deficit and adding to fears of a slowdown in the world's second-largest economy despite the Lunar New Year holidays being blamed for the slide.» Read More
*India violates intellectual property rights- U.S. group. NEW DELHI, Feb 25- India has decided to block investigations by the United States into its trade policies and patent laws, and prepare for a battle at the World Trade Organization, a move that could escalate already-strained tension between the two countries.
BANGKOK, Feb 25- Thailand announced a slump in trade figures on Tuesday with the biggest drop in imports in more than four years in January, as months of anti-government protests extended their economic toll beyond falling tourism numbers.
*No breakthrough in Japan- U.S. differences over import tariffs. SINGAPORE, Feb 25- Ministers in 12- nation Trans-Pacific trade talks said on Tuesday that they had yet to reach agreement on tariffs and other market access issues, with the timing of a completed deal looking increasingly unclear.
BANGKOK, Feb 25- Thai exports fell in January and imports slumped, reflecting the deepening toll prolonged political unrest is taking on the economy and increasing pressure on the central bank to cut already-low interest rates.
PARIS, Feb 24- Europe and China are moving towards a compromise over a Chinese investigation into alleged European wine dumping, French Trade Minister Nicole Bricq said on Monday. Beijing opened the inquiry last July into whether Europe was selling wine in China at unfairly low prices. China has also said it is open to negotiate on the case.
SINGAPORE, Feb 24- Bilateral talks between Japan and the United States held as part of negotiations on a Pacific trade pact ended without an agreement on Monday, with Japanese Economics Minister Akira Amari saying that gaps still remained between the two sides.
*The move is a potential victory for Freeport, Newmont. *Minister: Freeport to resume copper exports in near future. A senior government official said Freeport would resume exports of copper concentrate in the "near future".
*Nikkei +0.1 pct, Topix +0.1 pct. TOKYO, Feb 24- Japan's Nikkei share average climbed to a three-week high in choppy trade on Monday morning as speculators jumped on a slight weakening in the yen to cover their short positions. The benchmark Nikkei gained as much as 0.8 percent to 14,982.53- its highest level since Jan. 31- after rising 2.9 percent on Friday.
With the latest round of talks to wrap up the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) underway in Singapore, Tami Overby, Vice President for Asia at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, discusses the factors behind the delay in sealing the pact.
*Copper producers Freeport and Newmont in dispute with govt. The tax ratchets up sharply before an outright export ban from 2017 and Freeport and Newmont Mining Corp, which produce 97 percent of Indonesia's copper, have halted all exports and are locked in talks with the government because they say the tax breaches their contracts.
TOKYO, Feb 23- Japan has drafted new guidelines that would reverse a decades-old ban on weapons exports, a source with knowledge of the matter said on Sunday, a move that could further strain ties with neighbours China and South Korea.
WASHINGTON, Feb 21- Pacific Rim trade partners meet in Singapore this weekend to try to advance talks on an ambitious trade pact which aims to set common standards on a range of issues from regulation to labor and environmental protection.
Feb 21- India's oil imports from Iran surged 44 percent in January from a year ago to about 412,000 barrels per day, data compiled by Reuters showed. The following table shows India's imports by country according to tanker discharge information. Volumes are in' 000 bpd.
NEW DELHI, Feb 21- India's oil imports from Iran more than doubled in January from a month earlier, with one state refiner returning from a three-month break as a buyer after sanctions on Tehran were eased due to the interim deal on its nuclear programme.
*Lunar New Year holiday spurred importers to bring forward shipments. HONG KONG, Feb 21- Chinese imports of refined copper surged around a quarter in January from the month before to their second-highest on record, as buyers brought shipments due to the Lunar New Year in February and with investors increasing spot purchases as a financing tool.
TOKYO/ SINGAPORE, Feb 21- America's ambitious trade agenda is running into fierce resistance in Asia, but negotiators say a draft Pacific free-trade deal that papers over some differences may be ready by the time U.S.
WASHINGTON, Feb 20- Barriers to farm imports in Japan and Canada will be one focus of free trade talks with Pacific Rim countries this weekend, U.S.
VANCOUVER, Feb 20- A new tax regime proposed for British Columbia's budding liquefied natural gas industry has nudged plans for export terminals on Canada's Pacific Coast closer to reality, but it likely won't spur a sudden rush of building. The British Columbia provincial government wants to build a world-scale LNG export industry.
*Gold to hover above $1,307- technicals. SINGAPORE, Feb 20- Gold edged up in choppy trade on Thursday as the U.S. dollar gave up gains, while demand from the physical sector also underpinned prices. Gold hit a low of $1,308.34 an ounce on a firmer dollar before rising as high as $1,314.70 as the U.S. currency changed course.
*Monthly trade deficit hits record 2.8 trillion yen. TOKYO/ WAKAYAMA, JAPAN Feb 20- Japan suffered a record trade deficit in January as growth in exports spurred by a weak yen was far outstripped by a surge in import costs, raising fresh doubts about Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's strategy to spark an economic revival.