US threat to pull China's WTO developing nation tag will fail: State media

Business-Standard | July 29, 2019

A US threat to pull recognition of China's developing nation status at the World Trade Organisation is a pressure tactic ahead of this week's trade talks and is bound to fail, a commentary in state media said Monday.The reaction followed a memo issued on Friday by President Donald Trump to US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer.It said the WTO, which operates a global system of trade rules and settles disputes, uses "an outdated dichotomy between developed and developing countries that has allowed some WTO members to gain unfair advantages." Without "substantial progress" to reform WTO rules within 90 days, Washington will no longer treat as a developing country any WTO member "improperly declaring itself a developing country and inappropriately seeking the benefit of flexibilities in WTO rules and negotiations," said the statement, which focused mostly on China.

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A number of Metropolitan Planning Organizations are employing measures and processes to address connectivity in their programs. In a survey developed by FTA and FHWA for member of the Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations (AMPO) and the National Association of Regional Councils (NARC), 72% of the 108 respondents stated that their organization identifies gaps in the transportation system that limit access to essential services.  47% said they identify strategies for addressing these gaps, and 44% identify gaps in transportation systems for populations that are traditionally under‐served.

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A number of Metropolitan Planning Organizations are employing measures and processes to address connectivity in their programs. In a survey developed by FTA and FHWA for member of the Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations (AMPO) and the National Association of Regional Councils (NARC), 72% of the 108 respondents stated that their organization identifies gaps in the transportation system that limit access to essential services.  47% said they identify strategies for addressing these gaps, and 44% identify gaps in transportation systems for populations that are traditionally under‐served.

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