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Questions leaders need to ask amid the roiling global economy

With the WTO dealing with trade wars and forces of nationalism, there is an urgent need for talks on the perils and possibilities of trade policy to save the trading system.

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World leaders should, for example, discuss whether the US-China trade spat presages a delinking between the two sides, splitting the global economy and obliging other states to make economically costly choices.

TRADE wars have become a reality. The threat of Brexit is having a chilling effect in Europe. The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) negotiations are unlikely to be concluded this year. And the World Trade Organisation (WTO) system moves closer to paralysis with the looming...

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