Heated iron bars at a Hyundai Steel plant in South Korea. In trying to shield their domestic steel and aluminum producers, countries risk creating an every-nation-for-itself atmosphere that would undermine the system for resolving global trade disputes. Credit Shin Dong-Jun/European Pressphoto Agency, via Shutterstock

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