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February 24 | By: Parag Khanna. President Donald Trump promises huge wins for the United States in the global trade arena, claiming he will use America’s market size and buying power to write better deals. It’s a worldview that assumes America’s economic might gives it almost unlimited leverage – and that the rest of the world Read more »
February 22 | By: Alex Gray. It’s billed as the deal that will make trade “faster, easier and cheaper”. As the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) enters into force, here’s a closer look at what it is, and why it matters.What’s the TFA?The Trade Facilitation Agreement is a new agreement reached by members of the World Trade Organization Read more »
February 21 | By: Alan Wolff. Much is in the news lately about the rule of law, particularly as it has applies to immigration. But there are also laws that govern how U.S. trade policy is supposed to be made and implemented that have not received much notice, and there is, of course, the Congress which Read more »
February 17 | By: Ana Swanson. On the campaign trail and in office, President Trump and his advisers have railed against countries that exploit the United States by selling us a lot more stuff than we sell them — that is, countries with whom we have big trade deficits. The criticism has led them to pursue a confrontational trade Read more »
February 17 | By: Michael Schuman, With the ascent of Donald Trump, fears have risen that China and the U.S. might be headed for war. At least for now, any conflict is most likely to be economic. Ever since Richard Nixon’s famous visit with Mao Zedong in 1972, the U.S. has striven to treat Beijing as Read more »
February 16 | By: Marianna Nerushay, The study of investment provisions in regional trade agreements reveals a gradual shift from protecting foreign investments to providing states with ampler regulatory space in the pursuit of sustainable development objectives.Since the very emergence of investment treaties in the 1950-60s, these instruments have traditionally aimed at providing guarantees to foreign Read more »
February 15 | By: Chad P. Bown, President Trump has put the North American Free Trade Agreement — NAFTA — on notice. Canada and Mexico are gearing up to renegotiate the agreement, and Trump has stated that a failure to conclude a renegotiated deal to his liking could lead the United States to withdraw.Here are Read more »
February 14, 2017 | By: Shawn Donnan, Barney Jopson & Paul McClean, The EU and other US trading partners have begun laying the groundwork for a legal challenge to a US border tax proposal in a move that could trigger the biggest case in World Trade Organisation history. The preliminary moves come as Republicans in Read more »
February 13, 2017 | By: Isabel Reynolds, U.S. President Donald Trump spoke of his chemistry with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe over a two-day visit that featured hugs, hand-holding and five hours on the golf course.On trade, an issue that has caused prior tensions, Abe sought to distance the topic from his burgeoning friendship with Trump Read more »
February 10, 2017 | By: Jason Douglas & Wiktor Szary, LONDON—The U.K.’s goods trade surplus with the U.S. widened in the final three months of 2016, data showed Friday, another sign of the challenge faced by President Donald Trump’s administration in narrowing the country’s trade gap with the rest of the world.British exports to the Read more »