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Good listener or strong negotiator? WTO candidates make case for top job

Nigeria's Okonjo-Iweala and Mexico's Seade have different prescriptions for US-China rift

Eight candidates are running to fill the top job at the World Trade Organization.   © Reuters

NEW YORK/MEXICO CITY -- The race for the top job at the World Trade Organization is in full swing, with the winner set to play a pivotal role in international trade disputes as the body becomes a new front in the power struggle between the U.S. and China.

Eight candidates are squaring off to replace the current director-general, Brazil's Roberto Azevedo, who will resign next month. Two of the candidates, Nigeria's Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and Mexico's Jesus Seade, sat down with Nikkei to discuss their visions for the organization, which has faced challenges to maintain its relevance since Washington declared a trade war on Beijing in July 2018.

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