The Chinese need to compromise to secure Doha. So do the Indians, South Africans and Brazilians. But the West should be leading the charge when it comes to freeing-up world trade – not in the name of charity or “development”, but as a result of cool, dispassionate analysis combined with naked economic self-interest.
For of course the purpose of trade is imports.
We shouldn’t care one tiny bit what other people do to prevent their citizens getting access to our lovely cheap and wonderful produce. We should only care that we ourselves don’t put barriers in the way of we ourselves getting access to all those lovely cheap and wonderful products made by the various different flavours of Johnny Foreigner.
The only logical stance to take on trade is unilateral free trade: for it’s the imports which are going shopping and exports are only the dreary shit we have to do to pay for them.