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Trade Chiefs Discuss WTO Reform, Without China and the U.S.

  • Ottawa hosting group of 12 nations to hash out changes
  • Participating nations agree on rules-based trade, Canada says
The World Trade Organization headquarters in Geneva. 

The World Trade Organization headquarters in Geneva. 

Photographer: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP via Getty Images
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A group of global trade chiefs is meeting to start setting a reform agenda for the World Trade Organization, though it’s unclear how far they can take the effort with the U.S. and China excluded from talks.

The discussions Thursday in Ottawa aim to identify ways to modernize the global body that all -- or at least most -- of the WTO’s 164 members can agree to at some point in the future.