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Hong Kong launches WTO dispute with U.S. over ‘Made in China’ label

Hong Kong on Friday made good on its threat to escalate a dispute with the U.S. over the Trump administration’s move to label Hong Kong products as “Made in China,” challenging the measure at the World Trade Organization after the U.S. did not respond to its concerns.

Analysts posit a way forward for a WTO-compatible carbon border tax

Carbon border taxes like those being considered by the European Union and others could be imposed in ways that do not run afoul of World Trade Organization rules, analysts say, but doing so would present “significant methodological challenges,” according to a new report.

At plenum’s end, China highlights dual circulation, tech independence

Chinese party leaders mapping out the country’s future policy direction this week emphasized a need for China to become technologically independent and spur domestic growth and consumption to foster innovation in high-tech areas, according to a communiqué released Thursday following the Communist Party’s fall plenum.

Pompeo, on Indo-Pacific tour, says U.S. should trade more with Indonesia

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo talked trade during meetings with high-level officials in India, the Maldives, Sri Lanka, Vietnam and Indonesia this week, stressing U.S. hopes for stronger economic ties throughout the region -- and Jakarta in particular.

Grassley backs U.S. opposition in WTO director-general race

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) on Thursday backed the U.S.’ continued support of Korean Trade Minister Yoo Myung-hee to lead the World Trade Organization despite majority support for her rival.

USTR: Korean director-general candidate ‘must’ lead WTO

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative defended its choice in World Trade Organization director-general candidate on Wednesday, arguing the organization “must” be led by someone with "hands-on" experience in trade and that person is Korean Trade Minister Yoo Myung-hee.

This Week In Trade

President Trump and former Vice President Biden make their closing arguments this week, with the incumbent again making trade policy -- and China -- key components of his stump appeal in swing states.

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