10. The tide is turning aganst free trade and the WTO!
People are free to
have their own opinions. The WTO is at the centre of intense debate among
governments in the negotiating rooms (which is what the WTO is for), and among citizens
out in the streets. That is healthy.
But in any proper
debate, it is essential to get the facts right first. Organizations supplying information
about the WTO have the responsibility to make sure theyve got their facts right,
too. Those making the accusations listed here have quite simply got their facts wrong.
Some protesters might
believe there is a growing international backlash against the WTO. But the countries
queuing up to join the WTO, from the most populous (China) and the largest physically
(Russia) to tiny Andorra, are proof that a significant part of the world believe that
their economic future lies in the WTO system. And opinion polls suggest that the public in
the US and elsewhere are in favour of freer trade even if they have reservations about
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