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India, US combine to stymie WTO ministerial meeting

Washington's blocking of appellate body appointments may worsen trade rows

Indian activists protest the World Trade Organization's ministerial conference at the hotel where the meetings were being held in Buenos Aires on Dec. 12.   © Reuters

BUENOS AIRES/GENEVA -- The World Trade Organization ended its latest ministerial conference on Wednesday with no declaration in its first such meeting since U.S. President Donald Trump took office.

Although no major deal had been expected, member states failed to agree even on minor proposals, many of which were blocked by India. This was the first time WTO was unable to publish a ministerial statement since 2011, when arguments between developed and developing countries led to an impasse.

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