Monday Briefing | November 11

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Stories to Follow

The WTO’s developing nation status: President Trump has insisted that the World Trade Organization (WTO) must prevent countries like China from designating themselves as a “developing country”, arguing that some member nations are abusing that status to operate trade under more lenient rules. He said those nations are unfairly taking advantage of their self-declared status as “developing countries” to gain preferential treatment in the WTO. Recently, South Korea gave up its status as a developing nation in the WTO after criticism from the U.S., and experts expect that this will pressure China to change its status in the WTO. President Trump’s argument appears to primarily be part of the wider strategy to exert more pressure on China on the trade front.

Climate Change: U.N. chief warns Asia’s ‘coal addiction’ must end: U.N. Secretary General António Guterres warned countries in Asia of their “coal addiction”, arguing they were among the most vulnerable to global warming and should be on the “front line” of efforts to stop it. He also cited a study that found Asian countries are particularly at risk. Creation of new power plants based on coal seems to prevail continuously, especially in those countries where intensive manufacturing industries operate, such as China, Bangladesh, India, Vietnam, Indonesia, and Thailand.

Happening This Week

Anime NYC 2019, Friday, Nov 15 at the Javits Center – 429 11th Ave, New York, NY

A showcase of the best of Japanese pop culture in New York City, Anime NYC brings anime fans and publishers together for three days of unique exhibits, exclusive screenings, extensive panels, and appearances of some of the most influential creators in Japan. Anime NYC showcases the rich pop culture of Japanese animation, manga, and cosplay, and celebrates its uniqueness in the heart of NYC.

Bushwick Hard Cider Festival & Market, Sunday, November 17, 11:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Brooklyn Cider House – 1100 Flushing Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

Brooklyn Cider House will celebrate its second annual Bushwick Hard Cider Festival & Market. It’s a wonderful opportunity to discover and enjoy your favorite local cider at this festive celebration. There will be hard cider tastings from more than 20 cideries, featuring more than 60 craft hard ciders from the best producers in New York state. The event will also feature live music.

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