Economics

Investors watch market figures in Nanjing, China, at a stock exchange hall on May 20.

Fear of Prolonged U.S.-China Trade War Rattles Markets

Some financial analysts warned that if trade talks between the countries collapse—and tariffs remain high—the global economy could move toward recession.

Bernie Sanders speaks during a news conference to urge Congress not to fast-track the Trans-Pacific Partnership on June 3, 2015.

Democrats Won’t Win by Being Trump Lite on Trade

International trade isn’t the problem—it’s Republican trade policies that have empowered corporations while leaving American workers behind.

A man walks by a bench featuring a U.S. flag outside a store in Beijing on May 15.

China Raises Threat of Rare-Earths Cutoff to U.S.

Beijing could slam every corner of the American economy, from oil refineries to wind turbines to jet engines, by banning exports of crucial minerals.

People check their mobile phones next to Huawei advertising in Shanghai, China, on May 10.

Huawei Ban Takes Effect

The U.S. ban of Huawei escalates the trade war with China, government and opposition representatives for Venezuela return to the negotiating table, and U.S. lawmakers fear skewed intelligence on Iran.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo boards a plane before departing London Stansted Airport on May 9, 2019.

Pompeo Goes to Russia

Mike Pompeo meets his counterpart in Russia, violence flares as the military and protesters hash out a transitional government in Sudan, and the U.S.-China trade war rumbles on.

Indian students protest joblessness during a hunger strike in Kolkata on March 23.

India Is Trapping Its Young People

There aren’t enough jobs to go around, but as the ongoing election has made clear, neither party is ready to tackle the problem.

Iranian demonstrators raise placards as they chant anti-US slogans during a rally in Tehran on May 10.

Iran’s Rhetoric Heats Up

Iran responds to U.S. military presence in the Gulf, China and the United States reach a deadlock in the trade war, and what to watch in the world this week.

A Chinese riot policeman (C) directs protesters as they march and display anti-Japanese banners during a protest over the Diaoyu islands issue, known as the Senkaku islands in Japan, in Chengdu, southwest China's Sichuan province on September 16, 2012.

Beijing’s Propaganda Is Playing the Trade War Safe

Why China isn’t turning nationalism up to 11—yet.

Iraq's Minister of Electricity Luay al-Khatteeb speaks at a press conference in Baghdad on Dec. 11, 2018.

‘Everything Is Calm, and People Are Happy’

So says Iraq’s new electricity minister a year after blackouts sparked violent riots across the country.

U.S. and Chinese flags at the Qingdao free trade port area in China's Shandong province on May 8.

Here’s What a Progressive China Strategy Would Look Like

Trump’s trade war won’t put Washington on strong footing to compete with Beijing.

Mohammed bin Salman, the crown prince of Saudi Arabia, inspects an honor guard in New Delhi on Feb. 20.

Saudi Arabia Has Big Plans in India

With Saudi Aramco’s bid for a stake in Reliance Industries, the oil giant is looking to establish a permanent foothold in the South Asian country.

Former CEO Ryan Graves rings a ceremonial bell signifying the first trade as the ride-hailing company Uber makes its highly anticipated initial public offering in New York City on May 10.

FP’s Guide to the Uber IPO

Six things to read as the company goes public.

Chinese Vice Premier Liu He shakes hands with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer alongside U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin after trade talks between the two countries broke down on May 10.

Trump’s ‘Madman Theory’ of Trade with China

Economist Patrick Chovanec says it could still work, but the president could play a much better hand by bringing in U.S. allies.

China's President Xi Jinping (second from left) and Panama's Juan Carlos Varela (second from right) wave flanked by first ladies Peng Liyuan (left) and Lorena Castillo (right) at the newly inaugurated Cocoli locks in the Panama Canal, on Dec. 3, 2018.

The Panama Canal Could Become the Center of the U.S.-China Trade War

Panama’s strategic and symbolic importance place it at the heart of growing trade tensions.

U.S. President Donald Trump discusses tariffs with Congressmen Sean Duffy, left, and Robert Aderholt in the White House on Jan. 24.

Congress Should Take Back Its Authority Over Tariffs

Legislators must reinsert themselves into the trade policymaking process.

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