For all the prophecies of doom over protectionism, this year's G20 summit has actually struck a more positive note. World leaders are speaking of closer, expanded cooperation. Even America says it's open to free trade... so long as it's 'fair'.
At a G20 steel summit in Berlin, the world's largest steel-producing countries have agreed to dismantle market-distorting subsidies. But deep division remained between China and the US over how to do that.
Argentina has blocked entry to anti-globalization activists ahead of its hosting of a key World Trade Organization meeting. The WTO agenda includes ways to stem over-fishing and safeguards for online trading.
Perth will host a German-Australian business conference at the weekend, with more than a thousand participants looking to explore the fifth continent as a location to do business with a booming region.
Vietnam is hosting this year's Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit, which gives it an opportunity to tout the benefits of global free trade. But convincing protectionists like Trump remains an uphill task.
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