Trade

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Trump’s Trade Woes Cloud His Re-Election Chances

The new NAFTA is going nowhere, China’s not budging, and farmers are going under.

From left, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, U.K. Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, and German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas launch the long-awaited special vehicle for Iran trade in Bucharest, Romania, on Jan. 31. (Daniel Mihailescu/AFP/Getty Images)

EU Offers Up a Meager Workaround to U.S. Iran Sanctions

The new vehicle will do little to ease Iran’s economic pain, though it should help humanitarian trade.

Syrian refugees, stuck between the Jordanian and Syrian borders, wait to cross into Jordan at the Hadalat border crossing on Jan. 14, 2016. (Khalil Mazraawi/AFP/Getty Images)

Investing in Low-Wage Jobs Is the Wrong Way to Reduce Migration

Unless would-be migrants can build lives with dignity—which poorly paid, export-oriented jobs do not provide—they will continue to seek ways to move on.

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 delivers his first State of the Union address in Washington on Jan. 30, 2018. (Win McNamee/AFP/Getty Images)

Welcome to the World’s Least Ugly Economy

Despite inequality, debt, and a tariff war, the U.S. economy is still the strongest.

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‘Tariff Man’ vs. the World

Five Reads: The best Foreign Policy stories of 2018 on global trade.

Chinese President Xi Jinping, Papua New Guinea's Governor-General Bob Dadae, and Papua New Guinea's Chief of Defense Gilbert Toropo attend a welcome ceremony for Xi's state visit in Port Moresby on Nov. 16. (David Gray/AFP/Getty Images)

One Belt, One Road, One Big Mistake

China’s signature foreign-policy project is a failure that the U.S. shouldn’t copy.

An Iranian man shops at a drugstore at the Nikan hospital in Tehran on September 11, 2018.

How Europe Could Blunt U.S. Iran Sanctions Without Washington Lifting A Finger

If the EU gives its special purpose vehicle for Iran trade a humanitarian focus, the Trump administration won’t be able to stop it without trampling longstanding U.S. exemptions.

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.

The South China Sea (C) is seen on a globe for sale at a bookstore in Beijing on June 15, 2016. 
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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.
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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.

Conservative member of Parliament Jacob Rees-Mogg speaks to the media after submitting a letter of no confidence in Prime Minister Theresa May  on November 15, 2018 in London.

Will the Tories Sacrifice Theresa May to Survive?

Britain’s prime minister is fighting a three-front battle to save her Brexit deal. Most of the party claims to support her, but the prospect of losing power to Jeremy Corbyn might motivate Conservatives to replace their leader.

Reps. Richard Neal, left, and Bill Pascrell huddle on Capitol Hill in Washington on Nov. 6, 2017. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

The Trade War Inside the Democratic Party

They've won the House, but can Democrats find a common front against Trump’s trade policy?

The ship Mein Schiff 6 is built at the Meyer Turku shipyard in Turku, Finland, on Sept. 6, 2016. (Jussi Nukari/AFP/Getty Images)

There’s No Plan B for Port Security

Privatization and automation have left global shipping fatally exposed.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday announced limited waivers for Iranian oil sales, but stressed U.S. intentions of applying “maximum pressure,” Washington, May 21, 2018. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

U.S. to Allow Some Iranian Oil Sales—For Now

With sanctions kicking in Monday, the administration still aims for zero oil exports from Iran but wants to avoid spiking price of crude.

Emily Haber, the German ambassador to the United States, and Henne Schuwer, the Dutch ambassador to the United States. (Paul Zinken/Picture Alliance via Getty Images/Benoit Doppagne/AFP/Getty Images/Foreign Policy illustration)

Two Eurocrats and Their Trans-Atlantic Quest to Woo Idaho

Ambassadors try to understand more about Trump’s America by seeing it for themselves.

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