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After years of negotiations, Vietnamese pomelo will soon be available in the US

Pomelo
  • The importation of pomelo fruits into the United States was confirmed after five years of negotiations.
  • The pomelo will be the seventh Vietnamese fruit to enter the U.S. market.
  • The exportation of the fruit will be achieved via the Plant Protection Department working closely with necessary parties to meet the U.S.’s importation requirements.
  • Symbolizing perfection and completeness, the pomelo plays a large role in both Vietnamese cuisine and culture.
  • Generating nearly 905,000 tonnes of fruit, Vietnam is expected to heavily contribute to the U.S.’s heavy demand of 12 tonnes of fruit per year.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has officially licensed the import of Vietnamese pomelo fruits. 

Known as a popular summer citrus fruit in Vietnam, the importation of pomelos into the United States was confirmed on Oct. 17 after five years of negotiations. The news was announced in a meeting between the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Hoang Trung, director of the Plant Protection Department at the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.

Thailand to impose total ban on plastic scrap imports by 2025

thai bans plastic
  • Thailand will be implementing a plan of action in three phases that will culminate in a total ban on plastic scrap imports by 2025.
  • The first phase, which will begin next year, involves imposing limits on the amount of imported plastic scrap based on plants’ actual production capacities.
  • The second phase starts in 2024, with the government allowing only 50% of imports before transitioning to a total ban at the start of 2025.
  • "Thailand must not be a dump site for plastic waste," Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment Minister Varawut Silpa-archa was quoted as saying. "By the end of the next three years, we will not allow any import of plastic scraps from around the world."
  • With the planned total ban, Thailand is following the steps of its Asian neighbors China, Malaysia and Vietnam, which have imposed their own plastic ban imports over the years.
  • The U.S., which is the second-biggest exporter of plastic scrap to Thailand after Japan, has now shifted its focus to sending its scrap to Canada and Mexico.

Over the next three years, Thailand will be taking major steps in fulfilling its plan to impose a total ban on plastic scrap imports. 

Thailand’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MNRE) will be implementing a plan of action in three phases that will culminate in a total ban on plastic scrap imports by 2025, according to Minister Varawut Silpa-archa. 

Intel accused of ‘cowardice’ over removal of Xinjiang reference after China backlash

  • Intel deleted references to China’s Xinjiang region from a letter to suppliers after sparking online controversy.
  • The letter originally urged suppliers to “ensure our supply chain does not use any labor or source goods or services from the Xinjiang region.”
  • Intel has since issued an apology, noting that it was merely complying with a new U.S. law banning imports from the region.

Tech company Intel was heavily criticized in China after posting an open letter urging its suppliers to avoid sourcing goods and services from the country’s Xinjiang region.

The semiconductor chip manufacturer appears to have backpedaled by issuing an apology following backlash from Chinese social media users and state-run news outlets, reported The Wall Street Journal

China accuses Walmart of ‘stupidity’ for pulling Xinjiang products

Walmart XinJiang Controversy
  • Walmart is the latest Western brand to be caught up in controversy while attempting to navigate Chinese politics.
  • Chinese social media users accused Sam's Club, the warehouse retailer owned by Walmart, of removing all Xinjiang-sourced products from its app in the country last month.
  • Online criticism prompted a dispute between the Chinese Communist Party and Sam’s Club, and China accused Sam’s Club of "stupidity" and "shortsightedness."

Walmart is the latest Western brand to become caught up in controversy while attempting to navigate Chinese politics.

Claims on Chinese social media