Asia/Pacific

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.

Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond meets with China's Vice Premier Hu Chunhua ahead of the big Belt and Road summit in Beijing on Apr. 25.

China Gets a British Bedfellow

Left vulnerable by Brexit, the U.K. looks eager to sign onto Beijing’s giant Belt and Road program.

GM workers hold a rally outside the plant in Lordstown, Ohio, which after producing cars for 50 years is now closed, on March 6.

‘The Next Backlash Is Going to Be Against Technology’

Harvard economist Dani Rodrik on how to make globalization fair and sustainable.

French Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire, left, with his German counterpart, Peter Altmaier, discuss European Union industrial policy on Feb. 19. (John MacDougall/AFP/Getty Images)

Fearing Populism, France and Germany Flee Into the Past

Europe’s top economies are trying to take on China and the United States by resurrecting industrial policy. Brussels is not happy.

U.S. President Donald Trump discusses trade policy with Chinese Vice Premier Liu He at the White House on April 4. (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)

In Trump’s Economy, the Invisible Hand Belongs to the Government

The state’s role in the U.S. economy has expanded dramatically under President Trump, even as he pushes China to exert less control.

U.S. President Donald Trump discusses the pending U.S.-China trade deal with Chinese Vice Premier Liu He and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer in the White House on Feb. 22. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

Having Failed to Clinch a Deal With North Korea, Trump Turns to China

The administration talks up progress in “historic” trade talks, but an agreement remains elusive.

A vendor waits for customers at a Beijing market on Jan. 16. (Fred Dufour/AFP/Getty Images)

Just How Much Is China’s Economy Slowing?

Beijing is preparing another massive stimulus, but the economy is visibly running out of steam.

There will be no talks about farm goods, European Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom reiterated, scuppering real hopes for a sweeping trade deal, Jan. 18, 2019. (Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty)

No Sweeping Free Trade Deal, Brussels Tells Washington

The EU’s terms for talks could herald another trade setback for Trump.

U.S. President Donald Trump, Chinese President Xi Jinping, and top officials reached a truce in the trade war over dinner at the G-20 summit in Buenos Aires on Dec. 1. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump and Xi Park Trade War—For Now

But the U.S. president raises new uncertainties over the fate of the trade deal with Mexico and Canada.

Leaders of the United States, Canada, and Mexico signed the revised NAFTA accord at the G20 summit in Buenos Aires, Nov. 30, 2018. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

Will Trump Hit Pause on the Trade War With China?

Under mounting pressure, the U.S. president needs a win at G-20 summit.

The construction site of a nuclear reactor in Sanmen, Zhejiang province, China, on June 4, 2009. Almost 10 years ago, China began building new nuclear reactors with U.S. technology, and the first finally came online this week. (Feng Li/Getty Images)

Trump’s Latest China Salvo Could Hurt U.S. Nuke Industry

Administration says Beijing is diverting U.S. nuclear technology for military use.

Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks in Beijing on May 14, 2017. (Damir Sagolj/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump Reaches for Checkbook Diplomacy to Counter China

Washington ramps up development finance to offer countries an alternative to Beijing’s deep pockets.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence laid out the Trump administration’s tougher policy toward China in Washington on Oct. 4. (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)

It’s No Longer Just a Trade War Between the U.S. and China

Vice President Pence’s fierce attack and allegations of tech spying escalate the conflict.

A panda sleeping at the Shenyang Forest Wild Zoological Garden in northeastern China on Dec. 30, 2017. (AFP/Getty Images)

Is the Trade War About to Become a Currency War?

Some experts figure Beijing might risk further driving down the renminbi against the dollar.

U.S. natural gas cargoes, such as this shipment from Louisiana on Nov. 6, 2017, have increasingly gone to China but could be at risk from the trade war. (VCG/VCG via Getty Images)

Trump’s Trade War With China Could Hit Energy Exports

China places tariffs on natural gas, a fast-growing U.S. export.

Chinese shipping containers await transportation at the Port of Long Beach in California on July 12. (Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump’s Trade War With China Is About to Get Supersized

Washington is levying more tariffs, leaving Beijing to retaliate in other painful ways, from Iran to North Korea.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo left North Korea after two days of “productive” talks, while Pyongyang decried U.S. “gangster-like” tactics, on July 7, 2018. (Andrew Harnik/AFP/Getty Images)

Crisis in U.S. Nuclear Talks With Pyongyang Not China’s Doing, Experts Say

Beijing is angry over the U.S. trade war, but Trump’s own mishandling of North Korea talks are the main problem.

The Changbai Shan, a Chinese amphibious warfare ship that’s taken advantage of commercial ports for resupply, Jan. 26, 2015. (Wikimedia Commons)

One Belt, One Road, One Happy Chinese Navy

Beijing is using commercial bridgeheads to give its warships staying power in the Indian Ocean.

A hard hat with the slogan "Make America Great Again" printed on it at the newly opened Acosta Deep Mine in Somerset County, Pennsylvania, on June 8, 2017. (Justin Merriman/Getty Images)

Trump Makes American Coal Great Again — Overseas

U.S. coal exports have exploded. Can that continue?

With the U.S. bailing out, the remaining 11 countries forged ahead and signed a revised Pacific trade pact in Santiago, Chile, Mar. 8, 2018. (Claudio Reyes/AFP/Getty Images)

The U.S. Wants Back in the TPP? Good Luck With That.

Asia is moving on without America when it comes to trade — and could be better off for it.

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