China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs recently highlighted the importance of trade relations between China and the Pacific islands, amidst reports revealing that Beijing is seeking more cooperation with Pacific island countries.
Recently, China's Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE), along with 13 other agencies, issued a new rule on compensation for environmentally damaging behavior. This is the first nation-wide regulation as part of the implementation of China's Civil Code provisions that address this matter. It took effect on May 15, 2022.
Recently, China's Customs announced that it would suspend imports of cloven-hoofed animals and related products from Indonesia due to foot-and-month disease, and impose certain sanitary requirements on containers and cargos from some African countries.
Process for U.S.-Led Indo-Pacific Economic Framework Launched; China Warns of "Supply Chain Crisis"; Countries Likely to Engage with Both
The United States and a dozen countries in the Indo-Pacific region officially launched "the process to establish the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework for Prosperity" (IPEF) today. Among other things, the framework covers digital rules, labor and environmental standards, and supply chain efforts. At this point in time, the prospects for completing
As the U.S.-led Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF), an initiative of the Biden administration to counter China's influence in the Indo-Pacific region, is under development, there has been a question about whether Taiwan will be part of it. White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan said today that Taiwan
China's intellectual property (IP) courts recently ruled in several cases that Chinese companies infringed foreign companies' trademarks or engaged in unfair competition. The foreign trademarks involved include German brand Wilo, Dutch company Atlas Copco, and Japanese company NOK. In one case, the IP Court agreed with the plaintiff that punitive