Saving the Trade Agenda
As the dust settled from the World Trade Organization's Hong Kong Trade Ministerial last December, trade ministers breathed a collective sigh of relief. Disasters -- such as the failure even to launch negotiations during the chaotic Seattle sessions in 1999 or the total breakdown in talks that marred Cancun in 2003 -- were narrowly averted. Though movement in Hong Kong was glacially slow, the free-trade train was still in motion. An expensive derailment was avoided.
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