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How to end Asia's plastic waste war

Trade bans in Southeast Asia risk shifting problem to South Asia and Africa

| Malaysia
Malaysia has banned import of plastic scrap but the ruling has been poorly enforced and monitored.   © Reuters

The conflict currently raging in the world's recycling system wins far less attention than its trade war equivalent. But this battle over global plastics is an equally good illustration of the tensions bubbling up between emerging economies and the rich world, and the wider trend toward deglobalization they bring.

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