Former WTO chief: How this trade war ends

Pascal Lamy was director-general of the World Trade Organization from 2005-2013. He is also a member of the Berggruen Institute’s 21st Century Council.

PARIS — Until recently, President Trump’s trade posture seemed to be more bark than bite. Exiting the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which the Obama administration had decided not to push through Congress, was more symbolic than real; renegotiating NAFTA after 25 years probably makes sense if it is not one-sided; renegotiating the U.S.-Korea bilateral agreement has become a tradition for every new U.S. administration; a few anti-dumping or anti-subsidy tariffs on washing machines or solar panels is pretty much business as usual.

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