Trade & Manufacturing Alert - April 2014

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In This Issue:

- Putin Up With Russia

- Downturn in Chinese Economy May Be Triggering An Export Surge

- EPA Issues Guidance On American Iron And Steel Requirement For $2.4 Billion

In FY 2014 Clean Water And Drinking Water State Revolving Funds

- New Study Estimates That Ending Currency Manipulation Could Create 5.8 Million Jobs In The United States

- News Of Note:

..USTR Sets Policy Goals For FY 2015 And Looks To Increase Budget And Personnel

..President Obama Issues Executive Order Streamlining Export/Import Process

..Commerce Department Announces Partnership With eBay On Export Opportunities

- Excerpt from Putin Up With Russia - The 1980s Are Calling To Ask For Their Foreign Policy Back:

In response to months of civil strife and violence in Ukraine, in March Vladimir Putin sent heavily armed Russian troops into Crimea, an autonomous republic within Ukraine. Within days, Russian forces seized control over Ukrainian assets, including a natural gas plant, and in a referendum on March 16, the Crimean people overwhelmingly voted to secede from Ukraine. The next day, the Kremlin recognized Crimea as a sovereign state and, on March 21, Crimea officially became part of the Russian Federation. Since then, Russia amassed 40,000 troops on the Ukrainian border, who stormed military facilities, took over a Ukrainian naval base, and even seized highly trained Ukrainian dolphins. Perhaps Trans-Dniester, a breakaway province in Moldova, or even Kiev, the capital of Ukraine, is next.

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