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SUNS # 9272 Wednesday 27 January 2021

Trade : US blocks Hong Kong's panel request on origin marking requirements (PRIV)
(Kanaga Raja, Geneva)
A request for dispute panel establishment by Hong Kong, China over new origin marking requirements imposed by the United States on goods imported from Hong Kong, China was blocked by the United States at a meeting of the WTO Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) on 25 January.

Trade : Biden's industrialization plan could come into conflict with WTO rules (PRIV)
(D. Ravi Kanth, Geneva)
US President Joe Biden has signaled his intention to turn the United States into a new "manufacturing" hub for almost every product by pursuing an aggressive industrialization plan, a move that could come into conflict with Washington's obligations to multilateral trade rules at the World Trade Organization (WTO).

Opinion : Poor lives matter, but less (PRIV)
(IPS, Kuala Lumpur)
Current development fads fetishize data, ostensibly for "evidence-based policy-making": if not measured, it will not matter.

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