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WTO Meeting Ends in Discord, Ministers Urge Smaller-Scale Trade Talks

Posted December 14, 2017

Under Economic Issues, International Trade Issues

(Luc Cohen & David Lawder – Reuters)

The World Trade Organization failed to reach any new agreements on Wednesday, ending a three-day ministerial conference in discord in the face of stinging U.S. criticism of the group and vetoes from other countries.

The stalemate dashed hopes for new deals on e-commerce and curbs to farm and fisheries subsidies and raised questions about the body’s ability to govern increasingly disputed global trade.

The frustrations led some ministers, including U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, to suggest that negotiations among smaller groups of “like-minded” WTO countries were a better approach going forward. Click here to read more.

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