WTO conference kicks off in Argentina

Argentinian security forces standing guard near the venue of the World Trade Organisation conference in Buenos Aires yesterday. The meeting, which lasts through Wednesday, is the first in the era of US President Donald Trump, who has pummelled the body relentlessly since taking office, describing it as a 'disaster'. – EPA pic, December 11, 2017.

THE World Trade Organisation (WTO) opened a conference yesterday under the cloud of US hostility to multilateral trade accords.

The 164-member WTO is also wracked by disagreements over China and has been struggling to kick-start stalled trade talks.

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