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The human community of the world lives in closer
quarters today than in earlier times. International trade is at
an all-time high and is increasing steadily; international investment
and monetary flows increase apace; businesses from the
developed countries establish themselves all over the globe directly
or through subsidiaries; business people travel abroad as
a matter of routine; ordinary citizens in increasing numbers
live temporarily or permanently outside their native countries.
As a consequence, there are positive and productive interactions
among citizens of different nations in tlle form of increased
commerce and wider possibilities for personal experience
and development. There are also inevitable negative interactions,
however, including increased social friction, legal
controversy, and litigation.
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