As the G20 chair passes from South Korea to France, it will be down to President Sarkozy to try to stop the protectionist trends of the last two years. The G20 nations have introduced more than 400 trade restraint measures, according to the monitoring organisation Global Trade Alert. And Japan, China, Brazil and several other emerging nations have been intervening in markets to stop their currencies rising. US treasury secretary Timothy Geithner’s proposal to establish a policy framework in which balance-of-payments surplus countries, such as China, would increase their imports, was shot down by China and Germany.
Most recently a number of emerging nations, including Brazil, Korea, and Indonesia, have put controls on inflows of capital from abroad.… Seguir leyendo »