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Trade war

Hanoi narrows 'made in Vietnam' to block Chinese detours

Locally added value must be 30% or higher, government says

A man works at a factory in Hanoi.   © Reuters

HANOI -- The Vietnamese government is toughening standards for items to qualify as made in Vietnam, Nikkei has learned, seeking to address American concerns over Chinese goods being exported indirectly through the Southeast Asian country.

To be designated Vietnamese-made, goods imported from China would have to be processed into a distinct product, with domestic manufacturing added value accounting for at least 30% of their price.

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