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Alan Bollard: Far from being a threat to the planet, trade can benefit it

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Leaders of the 21-member Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum pose for a photo at a summit in Manila on Nov. 19.   © Reuters

Concerns about the impact of global trade and growth on environmental protection and sustainability and vice versa are longstanding and not without cause. Yet the advancement of these 21st-century development priorities is not an either/or proposition. On the contrary, they can and must go hand in hand.

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