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Three Scenarios Emerge in U.S.-China Clash at WTO: Supply Lines

July 28, 2020, 11:00 AM

The World Trade Organization’s next director general will have to walk a fine line between the U.S. and China at a moment when each are angling for greater control over the world’s multilateral institutions.

So it’s worth asking, what are the U.S. and China looking for in a WTO leader?

In June U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer established a three-part test for his ideal candidate: The person should understand the need for “fundamental” reform, recognize China has run afoul of the WTO and possess not a “whiff” of anti-Americanism in their background.

As for China, it’s much less clear what...

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