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By Archie Zhang
     BEIJING (MNI) - The citation of national security for trade-related issues
has been exploited and abused and the practice increases tensions and
protectionism, Alan Wolff, a Deputy Director-General of the World Trade
Organization, said on Wednesday. 
     While Wolff didn't specify the target of his comment, the administration of
Donald Trump had frequently used the term to restrict the business of Chinese
technology companies including Huawei Technologies. European governments have
also aired concerns of Huawei's dominance in 5G industry.
     "Trade-restrictive measures are employed without citing a right to do so
under existing international rules," Wolff said at roundtable organized by
Center for China and Globalization, a think-tank advising the government.
     The current multi-lateral trading system is under crisis from the rise of
populism in many countries, he said.
     "Worse, both governments and businesses ceased to invest in maintaining and
improving the multilateral trading system," he added. 
--MNI Beijing Bureau; +86 (10) 8532-5998; email: archie.zhang@marketnews.com