Interview: WTO spokesperson says blame for globalization "misstated"

Source: Xinhua| 2019-09-12 00:02:23|Editor: yan
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by Ling Xin, Du Yang

GENEVA, Sept. 11 (Xinhua) -- The blame for globalization is a "misstated" argument, and governments should offer better training and education to solve problems when facing technological progress, Keith Rockwell, spokesperson of the World Trade Organization (WTO), has said.

Mentioning current trade tensions between WTO members, Rockwell attributed them back to the financial crisis in 2008.

"The crisis was such a deep and profound shock, and many people lost their jobs, many people lost even their homes, and this has made many people in many countries to question the path that we had been on, the path of globalization," Rockwell told Xinhua in a recent interview.

The world is witnessing technological advancement progressing at an unprecedented level. "When more and more jobs were lost to automation and robotics, to artificial intelligence, to new production techniques, governments need to find ways to address them, to get to the root of the problem, that means better training, more education, and creating social systems that look out for those who have been displaced," the spokesperson said.

"A lurch to protectionism is not the answer because you are shooting at the wrong target," he added.

WTO reports show that the trade coverage of import-restrictive measures implemented between mid-October 2018 and mid-May 2019 by its members is estimated at 339.5 billion U.S. dollars, the second-highest level on record after the 588.3 billion dollars reported in the previous period.