Vastavam web: There is a “clear” risk of a trade war happening because of protectionist policies, the World Trade Organisation chief Roberto Azevedo has said. The WTO’s director-general did not implicate any countries by name behind such policies, even though he was asked about the effects US President Donald Trump’s “America First” stance could have on the global trading system. “Once a country, whichever one, applies unilateral measures, there is a response from others and we could see a domino effect,” he said.
“The reality is that, at the end of the process, if we have a trade war everybody without exception will be worse off than when it starts.” The president has said he is prepared to tear up the NAFTA free trade deal with Canada and Mexico. Yesterday, reports said the US was looking at probing China for unfair trade practices. Azevedo was in Panama for meetings with government officials and business representatives.