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The Tariffs Will Bite U.S. Consumers: Prepare to Feel Their Effects More Than Before
World | Saturday, August 10, 2019

Announcing his intentions to hit all remaining imports from China with tariffs, President Trump is now all-in on the trade war. This doesn’t bode well for Americans’ wallets, bilateral relations or the global economy.

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The Democratic Presidential Hopefuls are Failing Us on Trade
Politics | Thursday, August 01, 2019

One of the few hopeful, “glass-half-full” thoughts I had after Donald Trump won the election in 2016 was that the new president would prove to be the best salesman of free trade since Adam Smith. No, I wasn’t so deluded to think he’d articulate the case for free trade and commit himself to removing all protectionist barriers.

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Trump Is Wrong to Be ‘Tough’ on Trade with China
Economy | Saturday, June 08, 2019

President Trump seems to think he is in the midst of a hard-nosed negotiating battle with China, and talking tough is a big part of that. His morning Twitter rants often include barbs aimed at China. And he has a bipartisan batch of legislators cheering him on.Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., has urged Trump to “hang tough on China,” as “strength is the only way to win.” And Sen. Lindsey Graham R-S.C., has told the president, “We’re behind you!”

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Critical Issues that Could Kill U.S.-China Trade Progress
Trade & Finance | Monday, June 03, 2019

President Trump has called out China for unfairly subsidizing its state-owned enterprises, not enforcing intellectual property protections, placing trade restrictions on U.S. firms, and pressuring them to hand over technology in exchange for market access. If these problems are eliminated, more U.S. companies will invest there. But is this what President Trump wants?

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Trump on Tariffs: Consistent and Consistently Wrong
U.S. | Thursday, May 23, 2019

Recently, a decades-old video of Donald Trump on “Oprah” circulated, in which Trump offered up all the same trade policy views he holds today: Our trading partners are cheating us, bilateral trade deficits are hurting the U.S. economy, U.S. negotiators have done a bad job with trade deals, and higher tariffs would help the U.S. economy.

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Don’t Blame Trade and Immigration for America’s Problems
Labor | Saturday, May 18, 2019

I often hear people talk about their difficulties in finding a meaningful job or keeping up with increasing healthcare, housing and education costs. These concerns, along with rising income inequality and a shrinking middle class, are provoking anger. For many, trade and immigration have become convenient villains. But that narrative is wrong. Let me tell you why.

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China Isn’t an Enemy and Hawks Shouldn’t Turn It into One
World | Saturday, May 11, 2019

The Pentagon recently released its latest report on the Chinese military, titled “Military and Security Developments Involving the People’s Republic of China 2019.” Although mandated by Congress, the Department of Defense probably would have produced the volume even if not required to do so. How else would they justify Washington’s massive military expenditures, globe-spanning network of bases, and troop deployments in dozens of nations? China is the best “necessary enemy.”

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The Case for Free Trade
World | Wednesday, May 08, 2019

The policy of free trade — citizens freely buying and selling goods and services across borders without government interference — is under greater attack today than it has been in decades. Despite the fact that American public support for trade and globalization is at an all-time high, politicians, pundits, and a growing cadre of wonks on both the left and the right have become increasingly hostile to the long-standing U.S. political consensus in favor of multilateral trade liberalization.

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Coming to Terms with China’s Rise
Politics | Sunday, May 05, 2019

U.S. and Chinese negotiators may soon reach terms to ease the tariffs that have been uprooting supply chains and straining relations. That would be welcome news to beleaguered farmers, manufacturers, and consumers. But unless that deal compels Beijing to end its predatory technology practices and discriminatory commercial policies, détente will give way to intensified sanctions, collapse of the rules-based trading system, and the onset of an economic cold war. Depressingly, that outcome may be unavoidable, regardless.

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USMCA: A Marginal NAFTA Upgrade at a High Cost
Trade & Finance | Monday, April 29, 2019

On the campaign trail, Donald Trump vowed to strengthen enforcement of existing trade rules and negotiate better trade deals than his predecessors had. With his national security tariffs on steel and aluminum, his safeguard tariffs on washing machines and solar components, his broad trade war with China, and the looming specter of new barriers for automobile imports, President Trump has delivered—for better or worse—on the first promise. On the second, he has little to show.

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Additional Articles Author
China in 2012: Predictions and Expectations David Hofmann
Today’s Critical Jobs Issues Are Tomorrow’s Drivers of Growth John Manzella
The Latest Lurking International Trade Liability: Understanding the Impact David Forgue
The Bias Against Imports: Our Trade Account Is Not the Scoreboard Daniel Ikenson
Brazil: A Land of Opportunity Well Into the 21st Century John Manzella
From a Seller’s to a Buyer’s Market: Dynamic Changes Are Occurring in China’s Retail Sector James Sinclair
China Must Liberalize: Rule of Law Is Required that Assigns Responsibility to Individuals, Not State James A. Dorn
What Every Member of Congress Needs To Know: A Lesson in Economics, Global Trade and Protectionism Daniel Griswold
China’s Rise: Are U.S. Leaders Learning the Wrong Lessons? Daniel Ikenson
Shifting Manufacturing Trends and the Rise of “Backshoring” John Manzella
Beyond Exports: A Better Case for Free Trade Daniel Ikenson and Scott Lincicome
America’s Transportation Infrastructure Is in Need of Repair and Improvements John Manzella
A Free Trade Agreement with Korea Will Benefit Both Nations Doug Bandow
American Capitalism, Character and Constitution Ensure a Bright Tomorrow John Manzella
The Public is Routinely Misinformed about Trade Daniel Ikenson
Is Stimulus Spending Sending the Wrong Message? Larry Davidson
Why the “China Price” Will Not Skyrocket: Six Factors Robert Heilman
Is America Losing Its Competitive Edge in Manufacturing, Science and Technology? John Manzella
Exports Are Vital to the American Economy and Becoming Even More Important John Manzella
Sustaining China’s Economic Recovery: Domestic Consumption is Key David Hofmann

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