The liberal global order that was founded in the wake of World War II is in trouble. Today, the largest global trading nation, China, is neither a liberal market nor a liberal democracy while the largest economy in the world, the US, no longer supports global free trade. Photo: Reuters
Shirley Ze Yu
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The View by Shirley Ze Yu

Donald Trump’s WTO move is a feeble answer to the China challenge

  • The US wants to rewrite the rules of the global trading game it helped create, and may well succeed. But the challenge of China’s economic model, a combination of authoritarian capitalism and ruthless enterprise, won’t be so easily dismissed

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The liberal global order that was founded in the wake of World War II is in trouble. Today, the largest global trading nation, China, is neither a liberal market nor a liberal democracy while the largest economy in the world, the US, no longer supports global free trade. Photo: Reuters
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The Trump White House has given the WTO a 90-day ultimatum to change its classification system for developing economies. Photo: AFP
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Editorial by SCMP Editorial

The WTO must stand its ground against White House bullying

  • While Washington’s case for changes to the WTO’s classification system for developing economies is not without merit, its threats and ultimatums are unacceptable

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The Trump White House has given the WTO a 90-day ultimatum to change its classification system for developing economies. Photo: AFP
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