US ambassador to the WTO Dennis Shea (right) talks with his Chinese counterpart Zhang Xiangchen before the general council meeting at the World Trade Organisation in Geneva, Switzerland, on July 26, 2018. Photo: Reuters
Dani Rodrik
Opinion

Opinion

Dani Rodrik

Why Donald Trump’s tariffs should not be the concern of the World Trade Organisation

  • Global bodies should govern problems that concern the whole world or policies that produce economic benefits at home only by harming other nations
  • If the trade tariffs are either in the national interest as Trump claims or cause the US harm as critics observe, they are legitimate domestic decisions

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US ambassador to the WTO Dennis Shea (right) talks with his Chinese counterpart Zhang Xiangchen before the general council meeting at the World Trade Organisation in Geneva, Switzerland, on July 26, 2018. Photo: Reuters
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