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Wrong environment for world trade talks

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The signal from Montreal is that the world must embrace low-carbon development at the world trade talks (Expert view, December 12), including more efficient appliances, cleaner vehicles and the conservation of old forests. But in Hong Kong, there is a danger that a quite different message will emerge. Talks on so-called non-agricultural market access are on the agenda. These include proposals for the liberalisation of trade in environmentally sensitive sectors including electrical goods, vehicles, fisheries, timber and minerals.

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