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U.S. Blocks WTO Judge Reappointment Amid Looming Trade Crisis

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Donald Trump’s administration will block the reappointment of a World Trade Organization appellate member, thus reducing the number of sitting judges to three, the minimum needed for the appeals body to function.

The U.S. has been blocking appointments to the institution in protest of what it sees as abuses of its trade-dispute settlement authority. The expected rejection of the reappointment of Shree Baboo Chekitan Servansing of Mauritius comes as his first four-year term expires at the end of next month.