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Developing versus Developing at WTO; Labor, Environment Flipped

Developing versus Developing at WTO India’s Commerce Minister, Piyush Goyal proclaimed to be speaking for all developing countries as held WTO negotiators hostage this week in Geneva. He criticized agreement language that he charged was “largely suited to the developed countries.” However, it turned out most developing countries accepted the language and a group of sixteen Latin American nations complained that it was India and some other developing countries that were distorting markets with their food export restrictions and demands for public stockholding. Facing such pushback, India reversed with Goyal instead calling this week “one of the most successful ministerials that the WTO has seen in a long time.”...

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