China thwarts accurate audits of Xinjiang supply chains, U.S. lawmakers hear

“Conducting due diligence in Xinjiang supply chains over the use of forced Uygur labour is ‘impossible’ under the conditions set by the Chinese government, and the ‘only responsible thing to do is not to operate’ there, an official of US President Joe Biden’s administration told a congressional panel on Tuesday.”

[South China Morning Post]

North America supply chains imperiled by Canada rail strike vote

“The strike would start as early as May 22 if no deal is reached. It would interrupt transport of products — including cars, coal, consumer goods, fertilizer, grains, minerals and petroleum — as well as commuter services, which are run by the affected conductors, locomotive engineers, yard workers and rail traffic controllers.”


U.S. escalates trade dispute with Mexico over GMO corn

“The panel of experts will now be selected and will have about half a year to study the complaint and release its findings. Trade sanctions could follow if Mexico is found to have violated the U.S.-Mexico Canada free trade agreement.”

[Associated Press]

South Korea joins digital trade agreement founded by Singapore, New Zealand and Chile

“Depa, which came into effect in January 2021, establishes key rules on digital trade and economic collaborations on issues such as digital identities, cross-border data flows and artificial intelligence to help businesses, especially smaller ones, engage in digital trade and electronic commerce.”

[The Straits Times]

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