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President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping may be at a stalemate. AP Photo/Susan Walsh

Will Trump’s trade war with China ever end?

Trump’s endgame for the US-China trade war still seems elusive as the conflict continues to escalate.
Perot become a household name after making an independent run for president in 1992. AP Photo/Doug Mills

The ‘giant sucking sound’ of NAFTA: Ross Perot was ridiculed as alarmist in 1992 but his warning turned out to be prescient

As the US prepares to replace NAFTA, a labor scholar who was critical of Perot but shared concerns about the deal revisits the claim that helped him become the most successful third-party candidate since Teddy Roosevelt.
U.S. President Donald Trump, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexico’s President Enrique Pena Nieto hold a news conference before signing the USMCA. The deal, if passed into law, poses dangers to public health. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

The new NAFTA’s assault on public health

The collective public health of Canada, the United States and Mexico will take a hit if the new NAFTA becomes law.
The trade deficit, and how much a country exports or imports, is only part of the story. AP Photo/Reed Saxon

Why trade deficits aren’t so bad

Americans seem to believe trade deficits are a bad thing, partly because of arguments suggesting they mean the US is 'losing.' An economist explains why that's rubbish.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland arrive to hold a news conference on the United States Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA) in Ottawa on Oct. 1, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

The winners and losers in the new NAFTA

Who are the winners and losers in the new USMCA? It's complicated, but one thing's for certain: Canada should never again allow itself to be overly dependent upon one trading partner.
If the trade war with China escalates, siding with the US is going to cost, but Australia’s long-term national interests still lie with it. Shutterstock

Trump versus China means picking sides

There can be no middle road in the trade war between China and the United States. Soon we will have to pick sides.
Trump believes the Geneva-based WTO treats the U.S. with disrespect. Martin Good/Shutterstock.com

Why Trump’s wrong about WTO treating US unfairly

The president again threatened to drop out of the World Trade Organization if it doesn't 'shape up.' But a careful review of case filings show the US isn't treated any differently than its other members.

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