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Trump's trade policy is self-defeating

The process of boosting American economic and military might at the expense of competing national powers has resulted in blurring the lines between national security and trade policy

Vehicles and people crossing the border bridge into the US, as seen from Laredo, Texas. Mr Trump is threatening to impose tariffs on imports from Mexico if it fails to take steps to block asylum seekers from travelling to the border with the United States.

IT IS true that notwithstanding its stated commitment to liberalising the international trade system, US policy has on many occasions violated its pro-free trade rhetoric and turned to the protectionist direction.

Both Republican and Democratic administrations launched long and costly...

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