Trade

Dollars and yuan notes are seen at a bank on May 15, 2006 in Beijing, China.

The United States Will Miss China’s Money

The rattled stock market gets all the trade war attention, but it’s the sharp decline in China’s U.S. investments that should alarm Americans.

British Trade Secretary Liz Truss arrives at No. 10 Downing St. for a cabinet meeting in London on July 25.

Capitol Hill Could Imperil Any New U.S.-U.K. Trade Deal

Despite Trump’s eagerness to help a post-Brexit Britain, plenty of obstacles stand in the way—and not just the usual suspects.

Cows stand under a sign for a disused Irish border vehicle registration and customs office outside Dundalk, Ireland on Nov. 14, 2018 near the Northern Irish border.

Don’t Blame Boris for the Brexit Backstop Impasse

Britain’s Conservatives and their Democratic Unionist Party allies aren’t the only obstacles to a deal. The EU and the Irish government are also being needlessly stubborn.

South Korean protesters participate in a rally to denounce Japan's new trade restrictions on South Korea in front of the Japanese embassy on August 03, 2019 in Seoul, South Korea.

Japan Started a War It Wasn’t Ready to Fight

Tokyo picked a trade brawl with Seoul—but wasn't prepared for the inevitable blowback.

A trader works at the New York Stock Exchange in New York City on Aug. 5.

Currency War With China Dooms Trade Talks

Trump’s puzzling move to ratchet up tensions won’t work, experts say.

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.

U.S. President Donald Trump announced further tariffs on $300 billion worth of Chinese goods, which will make imports like these into Long Beach, California, even more expensive.

What’s Trump’s Plan With the Latest Tariffs on China?

Frustrated by the slow pace of trade talks, the U.S. president threatened even more tariffs on $300 billion worth of Chinese goods, rattling markets and sowing fears of slower growth.

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

China Shoots Back in Trump’s Trade War Escalation

A transcript of Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying’s remarks to reporters.

U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell speaks during a news conference in Washington on July 31.

Flying Blind With the Fed

The Fed chairman confirms that uncertainty over trade is slowing the global economy and no one knows quite what to do about it.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks with French President Emmanuel Macron at the G-20 summit in Japan on June 29.

Why Is Trump Seeing Red Over France’s ‘Google Tax’?

French unilateral efforts to fix loopholes in global tax rules are adding fuel to the trans-Atlantic trade spat.

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.

South Korea's President Moon Jae-in and Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shake hands at the G20 Summit in Osaka on June 29.

The World This Weekend

Japan and South Korea continue a historic dispute while Turkey exits the F-35 program amid tensions with the United States.

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.

Tourists visit La Clandestina, a private shop in Havana, on March 28, 2018. Entrepreneurs known as cuentapropistas and their employees represent 12 percent of the country’s work force—some 580,000 Cubans.

The End of Cuba’s Entrepreneurship Boom

It isn’t just Trump who has put the country’s small businesses under pressure. Díaz-Canel is after them, too.

South Korean officials enter the Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry in Tokyo to hold talks with their Japanese counterparts on July 12.

Why Are Japan and South Korea in a Trade Fight?

Officially, Japan has “national security” concerns about technology exports to South Korea. Unofficially, World War II still casts an ugly shadow.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks about the United States-Mexico-Canada trade agreement at the Derco Aerospace Inc. plant in Milwaukee on July 12.

The New U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Deal Can Work for Everyone

Republicans and Democrats have every reason to compromise and ratify the agreement.

European Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom addresses a press conference in Brussels on Jan. 18.

While Trump Isolates the U.S., It’s ‘Let’s Make a Deal’ for the Rest of the World

Globalization is alive and well. It’s just the United States sitting on the sidelines.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping attend a state dinner in Beijing on Nov. 9, 2017.

Xi-Trump G-20 Meeting Produces Trade Truce

China and the United States signal another truce in the trade war, but existing tariffs--and seemingly irreconcilable demands--still remain.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (C) welcomes Joe Kaeser (R) the CEO of German engineering giant Siemens during the inauguration of three large power plants on the outskirts of Cairo on July 24, 2018.

Egypt’s Economy Isn’t Tanking. It’s Thriving.

A recent article warned that the country faced imminent economic collapse. A careful reading of the economic data shows that reforms have placed it on a path to growth.

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