“Suffice it to say that the SDT texts currently included, utterly undermine any beneficial effect of the draft prohibitions and will not garner a consensus,” US Ambassador Dennis Shea said in the same meeting.Washington says it is unfair that major economies such as China claim developing status exemptions.A paper published by Marine Policy last year estimated global subsidies at $35.4 billion in 2018, although not all of those are the so-called “harmful” ones targeted by the WTO.”If it were just about fish, I think countries could agree,” said Remi Parmentier, strategic adviser for Friends of Ocean Action. “In the background are trade tensions.”As well as its importance for fish stocks, a deal is seen as key to validating the WTO’s legitimacy as it navigates a reform crisis and seeks a new leader.Topics : Historically, China has resisted pressure to accept restrictions and curb the size and range of its vast fleet, so the success of a deal is widely seen to rest on the willingness of China to take part in the talks and adhere to their outcome.China, the European Union, the United States, South Korea and Japan are the top five subsidizers – with Beijing and Washington at odds over details over this issue, as well as their myriad other areas of friction.China’s ambassador Zhang Xiangchen told the closed-door meeting he supported the timetable of work towards a deal and was “ready to fully engage in intensive negotiations”, two trade officials said.However, Zhang also stressed the need to formulate “meaningful and effective” special and differential treatment (SDT) for developing countries such as China – an issue which is sensitive in Washington and could be a hurdle, they added. China is ready to “fully engage” in intensive negotiations agreed on Tuesday by the World Trade Organization to cut subsidies on fishing by year-end, sources following the talks said.The body has been trying to reach a deal for the past 20 years on ending the subsidies which environmentalists say are contributing to a worrying decline in global fish stocks.The WTO’s 164 members are set to start “continuous negotiations” in September based on a draft text with a view to getting a deal by December. One source said four week-long negotiating rounds were planned with all parties and other talks on the sidelines.
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The busiest hub in Los Angeles pro sports won’t host any games for at least the next month. But its employees can expect a paycheck.The Lakers, Clippers, Kings and AEG are finalizing details of a plan that would compensate the hundreds of part-time and contract workers who staff Staples Center’s biggest events. It’s a measure that could help allay concerns that the most vulnerable workers will keep a steady income during NBA, NHL and event shutdowns due to the coronavirus outbreak.Two people with knowledge of the pending arrangement confirmed to Southern California News Group that an announcement was forthcoming. The Lakers, Clippers and Kings are tenants of the building, which is owned by AEG.It’s likely to cover event staff, such as ushers and security personnel who are well known at the arena for their red blazers. Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThe Lakers and Clippers have also told game-night employees that they will continue to compensate them through the NBA hiatus. This includes employees such as team statisticians, announcers and dance teams. Both franchises have asked employees to work from home if possible.On Friday afternoon, Staples Center donated 7,000 pounds of food that would have been wasted because of the lack of events. Donations were made to both The Midnight Mission and the L.A. Mission Men’s Center, both located in downtown Los Angeles.Related Articles Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions