Singapore and Australia PMs Lee and Turnbull are committed to open markets and free trade © PA Images
Singapore and Australia PMs Lee and Turnbull are committed to open markets and free trade © PA Images

Protectionism a dead end, says Australian PM

19 March 2018

Australia and ASEAN members will reject protectionism amid the threat of a possible trade war triggered by US plans to raise tariffs on steel and aluminium imports.

Speaking during a joint press conference with Singapore prime minister Lee Hsien Loong at the ASEAN Special Summit, Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull denounced protectionism as a “dead end”. 

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