Environmental Issues

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Chinese Restrictions on Waste Imports Discussed by Multiple WTO Members in Council for Trade in Goods Meeting

The United States continues to press China on its restrictions on waste imports, as it has done in various WTO committees over the years. At the March 31 and April 1, 2021 meeting of the Council for Trade in Goods, for which minutes have just recently been circulated by the

China and U.S. Continue Discussion of Waste Import Ban in WTO Import Licensing Committee

In recent years, the United States has raised many fundamental issues related to China's participation in the WTO, but one smaller issue that has flown under the radar is China's import ban on solid waste, which continues to be a point of contention between the two countries. The main aspects

Kerry Meeting with Chinese Officials Discusses Climate Change Cooperation and U.S. Import Restrictions on Solar Products

U.S. climate envoy John Kerry was in China last week to meet with Chinese officials on issues related to climate change, in advance of the November UN climate conference. The meetings did not make much progress in this area, however, and China took the opportunity to criticize U.S.

Biden’s New Executive Order Could Mean More U.S.-China Competition in Electric Vehicles

On August 5, President Biden issued an “Executive Order on Strengthening American Leadership in Clean Cars and Trucks,” making a push for electric vehicles (EVs) in the United States. While some Chinese firms may see this policy as benefiting Chinese companies who are part of the EV supply chain, the

China Calls EU’s Carbon Border Tax Proposal WTO-Inconsistent

The European Commission recently proposed a package of legislative measures to reduce the EU's carbon emissions by at least 55% by 2030, including a Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM). This proposal has drawn criticism from Chinese officials and experts, who argue that it violates WTO obligations, as well as principles

WTO Import Licensing Committee Discussion of China's Implementation of Import Ban on Solid Waste

Along the same lines as the questions recently asked by the United States in the WTO Committee on Customs Valuation, the United States raised issues related to China’s import ban on solid waste during a recent meeting of the Committee on Import Licensing. The minutes of the October 9,

WTO Committee Discussion of Chinese Restrictions on Waste Imports

In the WTO’s Committee on Customs Valuation, the U.S. recently asked China about certain restrictions on imports of waste materials. The U.S. questions/comments and Chinese response (WTO Document G/VAL/W/369, 9 December 2020) were as follows. U.S. questions/comments: 1. The United States
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