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'Multi-bilateral' trade order the way forward - and it's achievable

Having a network of loosely coordinated bilateral and regional trade deals might be messy, but is preferable to the kind of G20 bilateral deal-making that could splinter the world.

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US President Donald Trump's alternative conception of world order is embodied in his approach toward the G20: In Japan, he met one-to-one with nine key leaders, including the big session with his China counterpart Xi Jinping, underlining his preference for bilateralism.

IT IS now more than a decade since then-French President Nicolas Sarkozy declared that "the G20 foreshadows the planetary governance of the 21st century". Yet, the latest summit in Japan at the weekend underlined that there is a significant danger that the forum - prized by member states for the...