Trump targets China in call for WTO to reform 'developing' country status

 Trump targets China in call for WTO to reform developing country status

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump put pressure on the World Trade Organization on Friday to change how it designates what are developing countries, singling out China and other countries for unfairly getting preferential treatment.

Trump, in a memo, directed the United States Trade Representative to stop treating such countries as developing countries for the purpose of WTO membership if "substantial progress" towards reform had not been made within 90 days.

(Reporting by Jeff Mason; Editing by Richard Chang)

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Updated Date: Jul 27, 2019 02:06:14 IST