Medical equipment boost for Chinese exports could be shortlived

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Hello from Hong Kong, where the government has mercifully relaxed a rule that required the wearing of face masks at all times outdoors, even during physical exercise. At the height of the city’s notoriously humid summer, it was possibly healthier to avoid exercise altogether.

And welcome back to Trade Secrets after our summer break. It hasn’t exactly been a quiet summer, with EU trade commissioner “Big Phil” Hogan resigning from his post after claims he broke Ireland’s coronavirus restriction rules. We’ll bring you our thoughts on the ripple effects that his departure will send through the commission and global trade tomorrow and Thursday.

But back to masks, and our topic for today: where do all those face masks come from? Our policy watch looks at the latest developments in UK-EU trade talks, while our chart of the day highlights environmental concerns over the nickel trade in Indonesia.

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