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Forced labor activist to serve as policy advisor at DHS

Laura Murphy, whose work at Sheffield Hallam University has contributed to U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s enforcement of the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act, said she will be “focused on forced labor policy and enforcement.”

[LinkedIn]

China to develop Xinjiang free trade zone despite Western sanctions

“The plan proposes giving officials in Xinjiang greater autonomy to enact policies to attract foreign investors from neighbouring countries, of which all but Afghanistan are members of China's ambitious project to revive the ancient Silk Road.”

[Reuters]

Ports of Los Angeles, Guangzhou partner for digital supply chain

“Areas of collaboration include development of digital supply chain infrastructure, creation of a Trans-pacific Green Shipping Corridor between the two ports, and other sustainability initiatives to reduce port-related emissions and greenhouse gases (GHG).”

[Port Technology]

Australia’s export reach shows limit of China’s trade coercion

“The rapprochement underscores the limits of China’s power to twist arms through trade policy, experts say. For Australia at least, the economic hit it suffered was not enough to force a serious change in government policy, although Beijing’s continued willingness to impose pain may convince other nations that it’s better to compromise.”

[Bloomberg]

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