Dozens of developing countries recovered to near-record rates of growth in 2010, in part due to Chinese demand driving up global commodity prices. However, with China's economy now braking, South-South trade is segmenting. Many countries that have relied on commodity exports for growth are finding their economies badly off-kilter, with inflation outpacing growth. In a bind, several have resorted to protectionism.

With Protectionism Rising, South-South Trade Retrenches

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Robust economic growth proved to be elusive in the U.S. and Europe over the past decade, but that certainly was not the case across Asia, Africa and Latin America. From 2003 to 2007, developing countries averaged 7.2 percent in annual economic growth. Further indications that developing economies had effectively delinked from the West came in 2010, when dozens of developing countries recovered to near-record rates of growth while the United States and Europe remained hamstrung by financial and debt crises.  

China’s rapid industrialization triggered much of this expansion by driving up global commodity prices. In sourcing commodities from other developing nations, China forged a new channel of global commerce, often referred to as South-South trade, that is the strongest proof yet of the emergence of a “post-American world.”  ...

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