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New ILO Chief Plans Crackdown on Forced Labor in Supply Chains

Being a neutral arbiter of international labor law is a tricky job in normal times — so it’s even doubly so in an age where the world’s two largest economies are locked in a race for global supremacy.

Just ask Gilbert Houngbo, the new director-general of the 103-year-old International Labour Organization, who is calling for a fresh inquiry into allegations of forced labor in global supply chains — particularly in China.