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How Can We Miss It When It Never Went Away?

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When the World Trade Organization negotiations broke down in July 2008, the global financial crisis was so quickly upon us – October panic, bailout, US election, stimulus package – that it’s easy to forget that the Doha Round didn’t end after seven years, it simply took a break. It’s still out there, zombie-like, waiting to be recalled to life, to resume generating attention-numbing headlines. Now US-China relations are beginning to dominate the news: China powering out of its slump, China celebrating the sixtieth anniversary of its revolution with military displays, China investing in its cyber-spies, China low-balling its currency, China