trade war

Indian security personnel walk on a street in Srinagar on August 9, 2019,

Our Top Weekend Reads

A crisis unfolds in Kashmir, the U.S.-China trade war escalates (again), and the United States grapples with back-to-back mass shootings.

A container ship unloads its cargo from Asia at the Long Beach port in California on Aug. 1.

Our Top Weekend Reads

The U.S.-China trade war reignites, the Fed takes bold action, and a U.S.-Russia nuclear treaty comes to an end.

United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer (center-left) shakes hands with China's Vice Premier Liu He (center-right) as U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin (L) and China's Commerce Minister Zhong Shan (R) look on at the Xijiao Conference Center in Shanghai on July 31.

Trump Hired Robert Lighthizer to Win a Trade War. He Lost.

The Trump administration’s obsession with trade threats, tariffs, and bullying both allies and rivals into submission was based on an ambitious theory. It turned out to be a fallacy.

Foreign Policy illustration/Bill Pugliano/Getty Images

2 Charts That Show How China Is Pulling Out of the United States

Beijing’s annual investments have plummeted from a 2016 peak to an eight-year low in 2018.

Protestors sit next to a statue symbolizing former "comfort women," who were forced into sexual slavery by Japan during World War II, during a weekly rally near the Japanese Embassy in Seoul on Jan. 10, 2018.

Japan’s Trade War Is as Futile as Trump’s

Tokyo’s temper tantrum over history is mostly hurting itself.

A Chinese worker looks on as a cargo ship is loaded at a port in Qingdao, China, on July 13, 2017.

China Is Bluffing in the Trade War

Chinese leaders say they can effectively retaliate against Trump’s tariffs. They’re wrong.

The Federal Reserve building in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 22, 2008.

The Fed Is Trump’s Secret Ally in the Trade War

By lowering interest rates, the body is cushioning the blow of tariffs and convincing the president that they are working.

This photograph taken on May 24, 2019 shows garment factory stitching apparel in a factory in Hanoi.

Vietnam Can’t Be the Next China

The trade war has been good for Hanoi—but the boom has its limits.

Microphones with the Huawei logo are seen at a press conference at the Huawei facilities in Shenzhen, Guangdong province on May 29, 2019

Huawei’s PR Campaign Comes Straight From the Party’s Playbook

The trade war is showing how deep Beijing’s global influence runs.

Three Boeing 737 Max 8 planes from Shanghai Airlines parked at Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport on March 11, 2019.

Boeing’s Crisis Strengthens Beijing’s Hand

In its trade standoff with the United States, China’s Ace could be the 737 Max.

A worker drives a finished Mercedes-Benz C-Class car through production in Bremen, Germany, on Jan. 24, 2017. (Alexander Koerner/Getty Images)

Build the Wall—To Keep Out the BMWs and Benzes

Trump’s threatened trade war against European cars would hurt America most.

Protesters hold signs in favor of Huawei Technologies Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou outside her bail hearing at British Columbia Superior Courts in Vancouver following her arrest in Canada for extradition to the United States on Dec. 11, 2018.

The United States Doesn’t Have Your Back

The Trump administration’s message to Canada and other U.S. allies is clear: If you take heat for helping Washington, you’re on your own.

An investor looks at screens showing stock market movements at a securities company in Beijing on July 14, 2015.        (Greg Baker/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump Took on the Fed, but What Can He Do About Apple?

American companies and markets are suffering collateral damage from U.S. trade war with China.

The South China Sea (C) is seen on a globe for sale at a bookstore in Beijing on June 15, 2016. 
(GREG BAKER/AFP/Getty Images)

The Pieces Are in Place for a Grand Bargain With China

Trade war is hurting everyone, but it has a geopolitical solution.

Donald Trump speaks at a rally on February 22, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Trump’s China Policy Is a Triumph

The president's trade war is bringing Beijing to heel.

US President Donald Trump speaks to China's President Xi Jinpingin the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on November 9, 2017.
     (JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

Xi and Trump Should Swallow Their Pride and Join the TPP

Joining the trade pact would force both sides to make much-needed changes.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping leave an event at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Nov. 9, 2017. (Nicolas Asfouri/AFP/Getty Images)

China Is in Denial on Trade

With few good options for responding to a trade war, Xi is banking on simply outlasting Trump.

HA GIANG, VIETNAM - November 27, 2016: Local people mostly H’mong go shopping for clothes at Dong Van Sunday Market, in the mountainous border province of Ha Giang. (Photo by Linh Pham/Getty Images)

Vietnam Is Winning the U.S.-China Trade War

As Beijing loses business, Hanoi's picking up the pieces.

A truck transports a shipping container at a port in Zhangjiagang, China, on Aug. 7. (Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images)

The Trade War Has Claimed Its First Victim

Tariffs from the United States, Canada, China, Mexico, and the EU may have damaged the WTO beyond repair.

Want unlimited access? Subscribe today.