China Turns Attention To US Power Grid Policy At WTO
By Sarah Martinson (June 10, 2020, 9:28 PM EDT) -- China called out the U.S. at a virtual World Trade Organization meeting Wednesday, raising concerns that President Donald Trump's safeguarding of the nation's power grid could abuse global trade agreement exceptions intended to protect national security interests.
According to a Geneva-based trade official, the Chinese government requested that the U.S. explain how Trump's May executive order, which allows the executive branch to block imports of certain electrical power equipment, does not exploit national security exceptions to trade agreements. It also asked the U.S. to promise that the policy wouldn't hurt global trade, the trade official said.
But the U.S. said its...
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