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World Trade Organization Questions U.S. Trade Aid

Member governments seek more information on Trump's farm-support plans

Massive farm-support plans in the United States and India are being scrutinized by other World Trade Organization (WTO) members, questions submitted to the WTO’s quarterly agriculture committee meeting showed on Monday.

According to a report at Reuters, the WTO has strict rules about the size and nature of payments, and member governments keep a close watch for any competitors who might be cheating. Their questions — 62 pages for the June 25-26 meeting — can range from requests for clarification to outright allegations of illegal handouts.

The United States faced questions from Australia, Canada, China, the EU, India, New Zealand and Ukraine about Trump’s $16 billion “market facilitation package," the second payout under a program that had been described as a one-off.

Read the full report here.

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