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Germany's supply chain law will further complicate China relations

Business leaders should brace for a serious backlash

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Flowers at the monument during the eighth anniversary of the Rana Plaza building disaster, pictured in Savar, Bangladesh, on Apr. 24: it is unacceptable that large multinationals profit from inadequacies in human rights and labor standards.   © Sipa/AP

Dr. Frederick Kliem is research fellow and lecturer at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies and the Centre for Multilateralism Studies in Singapore.

Germany's new law on supply chain responsibility for businesses operating abroad, passed in the last week of regular sittings before voters elect a new parliament in September, was a momentous piece of legislation.

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