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Cooperative global framework needed to protect world's open economic order

US and China must be encouraged to respect multilateral, rules-based free trade

The free trade order that has served as the foundation of today's global economy is faltering. This is because the U.S., a longstanding champion of free trade, is now behaving more like a challenger to the established order. To maintain and reinforce an open economic system, it is necessary to build a framework for global cooperation, with Asian and European nations taking the lead in that effort.

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