Trade

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Protect Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself

Robots can actually create jobs — if countries get their trade policies right.

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.

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State of the Trade Wars

Tracking U.S. President Donald Trump’s tariffs — and the retaliatory measures other countries are taking.

Indian farmers, traders and vendors negotiate prices of vegetables at a wholesale vegetable market in Hyderabad on February 1, 2018.
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India Is the Latest Front in Trump’s Endless Trade War

Modi’s soft approach is getting nowhere with a hard-line Washington.

A cargo ship at a port in Qingdao, China on March 8. (AFP/Getty Images)

Trump’s Trade Wars Prompt Congressional Pushback

As the U.S. trade war with China escalates, a growing number of GOP lawmakers want final say on tariffs.

French Economy  Minister Bruno Le Maire addresses a conference  on February 15, 2018 at the Economy Ministry in Paris.

OFAC Off

The European Union needs to defend its economic sovereignty from U.S. overreach. Creating its own agency for sanctions enforcement would be a start.

Donald Trump walks to the official G7 welcoming ceremony in La Malbaie, Quebec, Canada, June 8, 2018. (GEOFF ROBINS / AFP)

Trump’s Creative Destruction of the International Order

The global system was long overdue for a shake-up. Trump has been happy to oblige.

A skier wearing a cow costume arrives in the finish area before the second run of the women's slalom race at the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in St. Moritz, Switzerland on Feb. 18, 2017. (Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP/Getty Images)

Justin Trudeau Is Running a Milk Racket

Trump is right: Canada's protectionist food policies rip the world off.

A coin for the upcoming US-North Korea summit is seen in Washington, DC, on May 21, 2018. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

How North Korea Can Strike It Rich

Pyongyang's path to prosperity starts in Singapore.

G-7 leaders participate in a working session in Quebec, Canada, on June 8. (Ludovic Marin/AFP/Getty Images)

The United States and Europe Still Need Each Other

In the run-up to the G-7 summit, Trump seemed to forget a key lesson from history.

The men waging Trump’s trade wars (from left): Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, and White House National Trade Council Director Peter Navarro, in the White House on March 8. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Trump’s Steel Tariffs on Allies Complicate Bigger Problem: China

Angering Europe, Canada, and Mexico makes it harder to build a common front against Beijing’s trade abuses.

Teenagers from a boxing school take part in a training session in the Caspian Sea near Soviet oil rigs in the Azerbaijani capital Baku on June 27, 2015. (KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/Getty Images)

Why the West Needs Azerbaijan

There is only one way for vital Asian oil and gas resources to reach Europe without passing through Russia and Iran: through the narrow “Ganja Gap.”

Central American migrants enter the El Chaparral border crossing in Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico, on April 29. (Guillermo Arias/AFP/Getty Images)

Jobs and Opportunity Are the Only Path to Peace in Central America

The United States must foster free trade and economic growth in Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador, or the vicious cycle of violence will persist.

A Ford factory in Kentucky on Oct. 27, 2017. Ford invested in factory upgrades to make all-new, heavier vehicles for a booming U.S. market. (Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

Trump Dials Up the Trade War to 11

Citing national security concerns, the Trump administration could slap tariffs on autos from friends and allies. They’re not thrilled.

U.S. President Donald Trump (R) and German Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) hold a joint news conference at the White House on April 27. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Can the U.S.-Europe Alliance Survive Trump?

Europe and the United States have quarreled before. This time, it’s serious.

United Airlines flight 897 lifts off from Dulles International Airport on its maiden flight from Washington, DC to Beijing, the first-ever nonstop flight between the two capitals, on March 28, 2007. (Paul J. RIchards/AFP/Getty Images)

China Threatens U.S. Airlines Over Taiwan References

Beijing is pressuring companies around the world to follow the party line on Taiwan sovereignty — or else.

President Donald Trump greets Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as he arrives at the White House on February 10, 2017. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Japan Tunes Out Trump to Save Trade Deal

Abe badly wants the US back in the landmark Trans-Pacific Partnership - whatever Trump thinks.

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 voter casts her ballot in the referendum to end the guerrilla war between the FARC and the Colombian government in Bogotá on Oct. 2, 2016. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Here’s How the United States Can Help Colombia Thrive

As an era of peace approaches, both countries should take practical steps to strengthen the relationship.

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