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Tough Time for WTO; Dems’ Rural Strategy

Tough Time for WTO Robert Zoellick was U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) before he ran the World Bank and he knows a thing or two about politics and Washington. Those in Geneva should take notice when he warns that a Biden administration will not place much emphasis on fixing the WTO. It will be busy on policies important to its base, like racial inequality, the climate, and a domestic economy that will be restructuring due to COVID and what is likely to be policy whiplash. Given the political priorities of a new White House, Mr. Zoellick advises the hiring of a strong USTR to manage trade affairs. But the underlying message is clear – there are no electoral votes for fixing the WTO. Dem’s Rural Strategy Many Washington, DC ba...

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