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Free trade has lifted mankind to a level of wealth that was recently unimaginable. In 1990, 38 percent of human beings lived in extreme poverty; today, that figure has fallen to 8 per cent, as previously closed African and Asian economies have joined the global market.

Yet, paradoxically, free trade has never been so out of fashion. Across the world, idealistic people march against trade deals, protest G20 summits, occupy stock exchanges, sincerely believing that, in doing so, they are standing up for the poor against multinational corporations – when, in reality, they are doing the opposite.

Politicians naturally respond to public opinion. We are witnessing a trade war between the world’s largest and second-largest economies. The Uruguay Round, concluded in 1994, was the last successful comprehensive multilateral trade negotiation. Until CPTPP, the last major regional trade deals were ASEAN and NAFTA, agreed in the early 1990s.

We need to recapture the moral case for open commerce. Free trade is not simply a way to buy cheaper iPhones. It is the ultimate instrument of poverty alleviation, conflict resolution and social justice.

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@DGWilkinson @AndrewChapman50 @SamuelMarcLowe Most likely DFQF plus a mechanism for reducing market access in the e… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

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@CEN_HQ 4 days ago

30 years ago yesterday Margaret Thatcher became the first major world leader to call for international action to ta… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

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Liberalising trade can serve our #environment. And 🇮🇸🇳🇿🇫🇯🇳🇴🇨🇷 are showing us how: ✂️ cut trade barriers to environ… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

Daniel Hannan

@DanielJHannan 2 days ago

Milton! Thou shouldst be living at this hour! washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/milton…

Charles Finny

@charles_finny 2 days ago

Agree fully. China needs a strong external reason to justify further reforms as these are difficult politically.… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

Wendy Cutler

@wendyscutler 4 days ago

Am I alone in my concern that our US and #China teams are spending so much time negotiating #tariffs that important… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

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