Trade

U.S. President Donald Trump

Europe Is the New Front in Trump’s Trade War

Savoring his partial China deal and passage of the new NAFTA, the U.S. president turns his sights on America’s closest allies. But he may have less success there.

A BMW employee works at the new BMW car production plant in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, on June 6, 2019.

NAFTA’s Replacement Gives Labor Some Shelter From Globalization’s Storms

The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement sets new standards for workers — but can’t stand alone.

U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Jean-Claude Juncker, then-president of the European Commission, in Brussels on Oct. 17, 2019.

Avoiding Autarky

For some nations, trade and cooperation are becoming less attractive. But the world needs more coordination, not less.

Chinese Vice Premier Liu He and U.S. President Donald Trump display the signed “phase one” trade agreement at the White House on Jan. 15.

5 Takeaways From Trump’s New China Trade Pact

The agreement may help him get reelected, but it’s only a truce, not a free trade deal.

Wall Street Bull

Americans Are Investing More in China—and They Don’t Even Know It

A modest trade deal can’t mask major problems between Washington and Beijing. But despite those tensions, Americans are unwittingly increasing their exposure to Chinese stocks and bonds.

A World Trade Organization sign is seen at WTO headquarters in Geneva on Sept. 21, 2018.

Trump’s Real Trade War Is Being Waged on the WTO

By undermining the organization’s dispute resolution body, the administration is undoing decades of rules-based economic cooperation—to the United States’ own peril.

Workers assemble Porsche 911 cars at the Zuffenhausen Porsche production plant in Stuttgart, Germany, on March 10, 2015.

Europe’s Green Deal Could Open a New Front in the Trade War

Economic tensions with China may be soothed, but in 2020, Trump will have other trade concerns to worry about.

A storm hits Southern California

The Global Economy 2020: A Positive Outlook Shadowed by China, Debt, and Trade Tensions

Experts expect growth to rebound, but many of their projections are built on shaky foundations.

U.S. President Donald Trump meets with Chinese Vice Premier Liu He and members of the U.S. and Chinese trade negotiation teams while announcing a “phase one” trade agreement with China at the White House on Oct. 11.

The Year of the Trade Truce

In 2019, Trump won a “phase one” deal with China. In 2020, Beijing may have to give him more.

A journalist takes pictures of a projection screen prior to the start of Germany's auction for the construction of a 5G mobile network in Mainz on March 19.

The U.S.-Chinese Trade War Just Entered Phase 2

Its next chapter will be fought through export and import controls, investment restrictions, and sanctions—and the United States should prepare itself now.

Gen. Joseph Dunford, the then-chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, and then-Chief of the General Staff of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Fang Fenghui shake hands after signing an agreement at the Bayi Building in Beijing on Aug. 15, 2017.

Trade War and Peace

With the new China deal, Trump may see 2020 as the year he’ll win the United States’ trade wars. Instead, they’ll likely spin further out of his control.

U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson

Triumphant Boris Johnson Bucks Pressure to Draw Out Brexit

But by rushing to meet his December 2020 deadline, the British prime minister makes it that much harder to get a good deal.

Steam and exhaust rise from different companies on a cold winter day in Oberhausen, Germany, on Jan. 6, 2017.

Green Deal, Greener World

Unlike the U.S. Democrats’ Green New Deal, the European Union’s version is technically feasible. Because of that, it could do much more to pave the way for future environmental gains.

U.S. President Donald Trump, pictured here on Dec. 12, has averted a further escalation of the trade war with China by giving way on some tariffs, but he has yet to tackle any of the underlying irritants in the trade relationship.

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Three Takeaways From the Would-Be U.S.-China Trade Deal

At least the United States will avoid more tariffs, but if the deal actually happens it will skirt the real issues and have little to do with Trump’s campaign promises.

Top Democrats, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal,

Democrats Give Trump a Trade Victory—Even as They Impeach Him

Eager to be seen as doing more than taking down the president, Speaker Pelosi readies a “yes” vote on USMCA.

U.S. President Donald Trump

How Trump May Finally Kill the WTO

By strangling the World Trade Organization’s appellate body, Washington is effectively hamstringing the trade organization’s ability to resolve disputes.

Argentine President-elect Alberto Fernández

U.S.-Argentine Relations Can Survive Trump’s Tariff Threat

Since Alberto Fernández’s election, the U.S. president hadn’t antagonized the incoming leftist administration—until the announcement of new tariffs on steel and aluminum this week.

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