For the first time, the head of the global trade authority, the WTO, is from an emerging economy. Brazil's Roberto Azevedo prevailed even against opposition from the US and EU.
The leaders of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa have a series of ambitious plans for the meeting in Johannesburg.
Diamonds and oranges: Five countries that jointly represent at least 40 per cent of the world's people and GDP discussed details of economic collaboration at the 10th BRICS summit in South Africa.
The WTO chief warned that the trade dispute with was risking loss of investment, jobs, and economic chaos in the US. "We are calling everyone who believes that trade is a force for good to speak up," he said.
Amid mounting tensions between the US and China over tariffs, the WTO has warned that trade wars can happen "at any time." WTO chief Roberto Azevedo praised globalization, calling its detractors "misguided."
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