Environmental Issues

Total 14 Posts

China Proposes Multilateral Discussions on Trade Aspects/Implications of Environmental Measures

At the March 15 meeting of the WTO Committee on Trade and Environment (CTE), China presented its proposal for "dedicated multilateral discussions on the trade aspects and implications of certain environmental measures." According to a Geneva-based trade official, China said at the meeting that it would like to begin multilateral

U.S. Treasury Sanctions Chinese Fishing Fleets for Rights Abuses

Last week, the U.S. Treasury Department announced that it would sanction certain Chinese distant water fishing fleets for various abuses, including their labor and environmental practices.

Report Suggests U.S./EU Considering Steel/Aluminum Tariffs on China, Others

A report from yesterday indicates that the Biden administration is pressing the European Union to agree to a plan that would impose tariffs on imports of steel and aluminum, from China and elsewhere, if it has high carbon emissions and constitutes "non-market" production leading to overcapacity. Such a plan, which

China-Mexico Trade in Banned Fish Products under Discussion in USMCA

Illegal fishing has led to trafficking in products of an endangered fish, with consequences for an endangered porpoise that swims near it. The trade in these products has been from Mexico to China, with the United States sometimes in the middle, and Mexican, Chinese, and American officials have been talking

New Chinese Rules Allow Government to Seek Compensation for Environmental Damages

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.

Beijing Issues Document on Green BRI

On March 29, several Chinese agencies issued a new document that sets out additional guidelines for the green development of the Belt and Road Initiative.

U.S. Again Raises Chinese Waste Import Ban in WTO Import Licensing Committee

The United States continues to press China on its restrictions on waste imports, as it has done in various WTO committees in recent years. At the October 8, 2021 meeting of the Committee on Import Licensing, for which minutes have just recently been circulated by the WTO, the United States
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