Разве Америка действительно положила конец торговым переговорам?

Разве не ужасно то, что мир решил обвинить Соединенные Штаты в сокрушительном окончании пятилетних глобальных торговых переговоров в прошлом месяце (так называемый “Дохинский раунд”)? Я первый, кто признает, что США при президенте Джордже В. Буше не добились многосторонней славы за последние годы. Но обвинять Америку в саботаже торговых переговоров? Да ладно.

Заметил ли кто-нибудь, что на протяжении уже более десятилетия импорт Соединенных Штатов был в среднем на несколько сотен миллиардов (тысяча миллионов) долларов больше, чем экспорт? Неужели люди серьезно полагают, что США достигли своего грандиозного внешнеторгового дефицита, закрывая свои двери для иностранных товаров?

Напротив, с помощью своих низких тарифов и общего отсутствия ограничений на импорт США превратили себя в международный торговый парк отдыха с аттракционами. Американцы покупают больше произведенных за границей иностранных холодильников, автомобилей, одежды, компьютеров – можете продолжить этот список – чем кто-либо другой. К счастью для мировых экспортеров тот же самый менталитет разгула, который превращает огромную долю американцев - две трети - в людей, страдающих либо от избыточного веса, либо от ожирения, казалось бы, распространяется на все их покупательные привычки. С начала этого десятилетия ни экономический спад, ни ураганы, ни безумно высокие цены на нефть, кажется, не умерили их аппетиты.

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