Economics

A propaganda poster showing China's President Xi Jinping is pictured on a wall in Beijing on March 12, 2018.  (NICOLAS ASFOURI/AFP/Getty Images)

Xi Jinping Thought Is Facing a Harsh Reality Check

China's new ideological rigidity is being put to the economic and technological test.

Counterfeit spirits are burned during a campaign to crack down on counterfeit goods Guiyang, China, on Jan. 25, 2011. (VCG/Getty Images)

Counterfeiters Will Win the Trade War

The clash between Washington and Beijing is hurting the fight against fake goods.

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China Is Cheating at a Rigged Game

The trade war is a sign of a global system gone badly wrong.

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China Doesn’t Want to Play by the World’s Rules

Beijing's plans are much bigger than the trade war.

Rescue workers stand next to the TK Bremen, a cargo ship stranded on Kerminihy beach in Erdeven, France, on Dec. 16, 2011. (Damien Meyer/AFP/Getty Images)

Global Supply Chains Are Dangerously Easy to Snap

The U.K. is preparing for empty shelves in case of a no-deal Brexit, but others may be just as vulnerable.

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer testifies before the Senate Finance Committee on March 22 in Washington. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

You Live in Robert Lighthizer’s World Now

Trump might look like he's flailing on trade—but it's all going according to his trade czar's plan, which has been years in the making.

Iranians take to the streets protesting the country's economic woes and the government in Tehran on June 25. (Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images)

U.S. Turns up Heat on Iran’s Economy, Adding Fuel to Massive Protests

Experts question whether the resumption of sanctions will help topple the regime or strengthen it.

U.S. President Donald Trump holds up a signed presidential memorandum aimed at what he calls Chinese economic aggression at the White House on March 22. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

The Ghost of Smoot-Hawley

On the podcast: The United States’ last big trade war was in 1930. It did not end well.

A pensioner reads a newspaper on September 8, 2014 in Walsall, England. (Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

American Retirees Are a National Security Threat

Foreigners are eyeing senior citizens’ stock portfolios, and the United States needs to start protecting itself.

Workers transferring soybeans at a port in Nantong, China on April 9. (AFP/Getty Images)

Trump’s $12 Billion Bailout Is No Remedy for Farmers Caught in Trade War

Additional subsidy angers some lawmakers, and could cause problems at the WTO.

A preserved human specimen plays chess at the Plastinarium in Guben, Germany on Nov. 16, 2006. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)

Trump Is Losing His Own 3D Chess Game

Trade is a complex global system. The White House has misidentified the problem—and created much bigger ones.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg (C) and the overseas representatives of the China Development Forum applaud as Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (front L) arrives for a meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on March 21, 2016. (KENZABURO FUKUHARA/AFP/Getty Images)

Smiles Won’t Get CEOs Far in China

Beijing sees business as politics, and multinationals need to adjust.

Auto workers rally against the Trump administration’s proposed auto tariffs in Washington on July 19. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Trump’s Trade Wars Are Bad. They Could Soon Get a Lot Worse.

Possible auto tariffs weigh on Trump’s meeting with the European Commission president on Wednesday.

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