JAPAN BRUSHES ASIDE
TRADE BARRIER REPORTTOKYO - Japan Wednesday brushed aside a recent U.S. trade report which picked Japan as one of 50 countries and trading blocs as maintaining barriers against U.S. goods and services.
In a document submitted to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative Wednesday, Japan said the USTR report released in late March contains various misunderstandings about practices in Japan.
The Japanese government noted the 1997 National Trade Estimate Report on Foreign Trade Barriers discussed procurement by Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corp., a private company, with a ''government procurement'' section, the document said.
NTT, Japan's domestic telephone giant, was privatized in 1986 but the government still is its largest shareholder.
The USTR report, which says NTT discriminates against foreign suppliers in procuring equipment, is ''one-sided, simplistic and inaccurate'' and contains no evidence that NTT gives favorable treatment to its family members.
PERU FACES BIG LOSSES
FOLLOWING PACT WITHDRAWAL
LIMA, Peru - Peru risks losing $400 million in exports following its withdrawal from the Andean Pact trade group, according to a report from Adex, the exporters association.
In 1996, Peru exported $430 million to the Andean Pact, with more than two-thirds benefiting from the trade group's tariffs. Imports from the Andean Pact in 1996 were around $1 billion.
The Adex report said that the new tariff system announced by the government, although benefiting the agricultural sector, will not compensate from the damage caused by withdrawal from the trade group.
MOTOROLA UNIT SIGNS
CONTRACT WITH cHINA
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. - Motorola Inc. said Wednesday its Asia Pacific Cellular Infrastructure Group signed a $200 million contract to supply cellular equipment and services in China.
Under the agreement, Motorola APCIG will provide Total Access Communications System equipment and services to Eastern Communications Co. Ltd. of China and Zhejiang Technical Import & Export Corp.
A 'WEAPON OF DESTRUCTION'
BANGKOK - The United States is using the threat of economic sanctions against Myanmar like a weapon aimed at destroying basic rights of its people, a government spokesman said Wednesday.
''The U.S. economic sanctions is a policy which is being extensively used today as a weapon of destruction against a nation or a population regarded as unfriendly,'' the spokesman said.
He was responding to remarks made Tuesday by Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, who said sanctions were likely if the military government of Myanmar, formerly Burma, fails to respond to appeals to improve human rights.