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Will Bali meeting succeed in keeping multilateralism afloat?

The Group of 20 (G-20) finance ministers and central bank governors are meeting in Bali today to discuss the challenges facing the global economy and the current threat of trade wars.

"My message to my fellow G-20 finance ministers will be that free trade equals more jobs, free trade equals more investment and free trade means higher economic growth," said Australian Treasurer Josh Frydenberg, who met his Japanese counterparts to coordinate positions on the eve of the meeting.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 11, 2018, with the headline 'Will meet succeed in keeping multilateralism afloat?'. Print Edition | Subscribe